Israeli warplanes have unleashed a series of heavy airstrikes at several locations of Gaza City. Explosions rocked the city from north to south for 10 minutes early on Monday.
Hussam Abu Harbeed, Islamic Jihad’s northern division commander, was killed in the airstrike, the Israeli military said.
The killing of Hussam Abu, was likely to draw a fierce response from the militant group as Israel’s fighting also rages on with the enclave’s Islamist rulers Hamas.
In a statement confirming it had killed Harbeed, the Israeli military said he “was behind several anti-tank missile terror attacks against Israeli civilians.”
The military said those attacks included one on the first day of the current round of fighting that it said had injured a civilian in Israel. Harbeed had been a commander with Islamic Jihad for 15 years, the military said.
The airstrikes were heavier, on a wider area, and lasted longer than a series of air raids 24 hours earlier in which 42 Palestinians were killed. That attack was the deadliest single attack in the latest round of violence between Israel and the Hamas militant group that rules Gaza.
In a brief statement, the Israel Defense Forces say only that “IDF fighter jets are striking terror targets in the Gaza Strip.”