Israel came under heavy rocket fire Tuesday morning after the Air Force bombed a building in the Gaza Strip in a targeted strike which killed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Rocket sirens sounded in Israeli towns surrounding the Gaza Strip including Ashkelon, Ashdod and Gedera as two different barrages of rockets slammed into Israel.
The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Israel was responsible for the airstrike which killed Al-Ata, who it described as a “senior Islamic Jihad commander” who master-minded “numerous terrorist attacks and rocket attacks against the State of Israel in recent months and who intended to immediately carry out further attacks.”
The Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health confirmed that two Palestinians were killed in the Israeli attack early Tuesday.
Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ziad al Nakhaleh, based in Lebanon, said in response to the assassination that Netanyahu has “crossed all red lines.”
“We are going to war,” Nakhalaeh said.
The PIJ’s Al-Quds Brigade declared that the terrorist group was on the highest level of alert after the assassination.
The Hamas terrorist movement warned as well that the assassination “will not go unpunished.”
Israel has ordered the closure of “all non-essential businesses” from Gaza up to Gush Dan. This includes Tel Aviv, Holon, Ramat Gan, Givatayim and Rishon L’Tzion. This means all businesses and schools up to 80 kilometers (48 miles) from the Gaza border are closed. Gatherings may not exceed 300 people in those areas as well.
The military says that it expects a strong response from the PIJ following the strike, including rocket fire towards central Israel and has urged residents of southern Israel to stay close to bomb shelters.
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