Rocket barrages from Gaza hit most of southern and central Israel on Friday evening as Islamic Jihad launched their retaliatory attacks over the killing of the terror group’s army chief by the IDF earlier.
The Israeli military, meanwhile approved a mass mobilization of reservists to assist in military operation efforts against Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, codenamed Breaking Dawn.
Israel in the afternoon hours assassinated a military leader of the Islamic Jihad in Gaza after days of tensions following the arrest of another senior militant belonging to the terror group in the West Bank.
The military launched a strike on a building in Gaza City, killing 10 Islamic Jihad operatives, according to the IDF. The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the toll, saying a 5-year-old girl was among those killed. It did not say whether the others were militants or civilians.
Chief among the deceased was Islamic Jihad commander for northern Gaza, Taiseer al-Jabari, who had succeeded another militant killed in an airstrike in 2019, Baha Abu al-Ata.
The response came just minutes before 9pm, shortly after Al-Jabari’s funeral. Rocket alert sirens rang out in most of south and center, including in Tel Aviv and Rishon Lezion, with the Iron Dome defense system intercepting most of the projectiles.
There were reports of a rocket hitting a house in the southern city of Ashkelon, but injuries were reported.