Israeli warplanes unleashed one other wave of heavy airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Monday, destroying about 9 miles of militant tunnels and the properties of 9 Hamas commanders — and in addition killing a senior Islamic Jihad chief, the navy stated.
As the escalating hostilities entered their second week, the Gaza Health Ministry stated 198 residents have been killed, together with 58 kids and 35 ladies, and a few 1,300 have been injured in the preventing.
The ministry doesn’t specify how most of the useless belonged to Hamas or different terrorist teams.
On the Israeli aspect, 10 individuals have been killed in the preventing, together with a soldier and a 5-year-old boy.
The IDF introduced Monday that it had assassinated Hussam Abu Harbeed, who commanded Islamic Jihad’s northern Gaza division and led assaults in opposition to Israeli troopers and civilians for nearly 15 years, according to The Times of Israel.
In a press release, the IDF stated Harbeed “was behind several anti-tank missile terror attacks against Israeli civilians.” One of these assaults occurred on the primary day of the present spherical of preventing when a civilian was wounded.
There was no instant affirmation from Islamic Jihad or its armed wing, the al-Quds Brigades, concerning the assassination.
The IDF additionally introduced Monday it had destroyed simply over 9 miles of militant tunnels.
“Our fighter jets neutralized 9.3 miles of the Hamas ‘Metro’ terror tunnel system overnight. That’s 9.3 miles that can no longer be used for terror,” it stated in a press release.
There was no instant phrase on the casualties from the most recent strikes.
A 3-story constructing in Gaza City was closely broken, however residents stated the IDF warned them 10 minutes earlier than the strike and everybody managed to get out.
Gaza Mayor Yahya Sarraj instructed Al-Jazeera TV that the strikes had brought about intensive harm to roads and different infrastructure.
“If the aggression continues we expect conditions to become worse,” he stated.
The Israel Defense Forces has hit over 1,180 targets in the Strip for the reason that starting of Operation Guardian of the Walls, according to the Haaretz Daily.
Over 3,150 rockets have been launched towards Israel, about 460 of which fell quick and landed inside the Strip. The IDF’s Iron Dome protection system has efficiently shot down about 90 p.c of the projectiles, the navy stated.
The hostilities broke out May 10 when Hamas militants fired long-range rockets at Jerusalem after weeks of clashes in the holy metropolis between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police.
The protests centered on the policing of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a compound that’s revered by Jews and Muslims, through the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian households by Jewish settlers.
“I have not seen this level of destruction through my 14 years of work — not even in the 2014 war,” stated Samir al-Khatib, an emergency rescue official in Gaza, referring to essentially the most harmful of the earlier three wars fought between Israel and Hamas.
Despite worldwide efforts at a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated Sunday that the IDF assaults have been persevering with at “full-force” and would “take time.“
Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” on Hamas, he stated.
Hamas’ prime chief Ismail Haniyeh, who is predicated overseas, stated the group has been contacted by the US, Russia, Egypt and Qatar as a part of cease-fire efforts however “will not accept a solution that is not up to the sacrifices of the Palestinian people.”
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi stated his authorities is working to “urgently” finish the violence.
With Post wires