IDF Targets Islamic Jihad Leaders

(Jerusalem Post) Anna Ahronheim - The Head of the IDF Operations Directorate, Maj.-Gen. Oded Basiuk, confirmed Saturday night that "according to our intelligence...all of the senior security operatives of Gaza's Islamic Jihad have been eliminated." The IDF launched the operation on Friday afternoon, taking out two of the group's important leaders in simultaneous strikes: northern command head Tayseer al-Jabari and anti-tank guided-missile section head Abdullah Kadoum. On Saturday, Islamic Jihad southern command head Khaled Mansour was killed in an Israeli airstrike. Also struck on Friday were two cells that had been given orders to carry out anti-tank missile attacks. According to the IDF, Jabari commanded the launching of hundreds of rockets last year, including anti-tank missile attacks. The IDF said it had received a specific warning that Jabari was planning an attack against Israeli targets. IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ran Kochav said, "We are continuing; we aren't finished yet. We will continue to act, professionally and send a message that we have strong intelligence and deterrence. This message will be passed not only to Islamic Jihad but all terror groups."

2022-08-07 00:00:00

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