Israel arrests at least 20 Islamic Jihad terrorists after attacks from Gaza

Israeli soldiers walk past a mobile artillery unit in a field on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip on August 6, 2022. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (AMIR COHEN/)

The israeli army has arrested at least 20 alleged members of the organization Islamic Jihad terrorist during the wave of night raids on West Bank that has accompanied its new bombing campaign on Loopthe so-called ‘Dawn’ operation, which has already left at least eleven dead, including a senior official of the organization, and 80 wounded.

Israelfor its part, has confirmed in recent hours one slightly injured and at least 13 people who have received medical attention for anxiety and bruises in their flight to shelters to escape attacks by Islamic Jihad militias.

The detainees are Palestinians identified as former members of the organizationmany of them prisoners released by Israel, to which must be added the journalist Ibrahim Abu Safiye, detained in Beit Sira, near Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian government in the West Bank.

The arrests have been confirmed by the official Palestinian news agency. wafawhich denounces raids in Jenin, Ramallah, Hebron, Tulkarm, the Qalandiya camp (north of Jerusalem) and in Tammun, in the Jordan Valley.

It remains to be verified whether among the detainees is Naya Habaibé, a senior Islamic Jihad commander arrested in Jenin last night, according to Israeli military sources. jerusalem post. His name does not appear in the count of detainees published by Wafa.

So far, the Al-Quds Brigades –the armed wing of Islamic Jihad– have fired more than 160 projectiles at Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv, while the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have attacked strategic locations at different points in the Gaza Strip with projectiles.

The exchange of missiles between the parties comes after the Israeli authorities announced a military operation, called ‘Dawn’, which began with the announcement of the death of a commander of the Islamic Jihad military forces, identified as Taisir al-Jabariconfirmed by the militia itself.

Palestinian militants fire rockets towards Israel, amid fighting between Israel and Gaza, in Gaza August 6, 2022. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinian militants fire rockets towards Israel, amid fighting between Israel and Gaza, in Gaza on August 6, 2022. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/)

The Israeli army declared on Saturday that it expects its operation to last “a week” in the Gaza Strip.

A military military spokesman indicated that the army “is preparing for a one-week operation” and that “currently does not carry out negotiations with a view to a ceasefire”, after reports that Egypt is trying to mediate to calm the situation in the Palestinian enclave, where fighting continues.

For his part, the acting Israeli Prime Minister, Yair LapidHe said this Friday that Israel “not interested in a big conflict” with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Stripbut warned that this scenario “does not generate fear either”, after the strong exchange of hostilities that already left eleven Palestinians dead.

Israel's Prime Minister Yair Lapid addresses the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, on July 31, 2022. Gil Cohen-Magen/Pool via REUTERS/File
Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid addresses the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 31, 2022. Gil Cohen-Magen/Pool via REUTERS/File (POOL/)

“Israel will not sit idly by when there are those who try to harm its civilians. This government has a zero tolerance policy for any attempted attack, of any kind, from Gaza into Israeli territory,” Lapid said.

“Today’s actions Loop they were against concrete threats that disrupted the daily routine in southern Israel,” the president added, referring to what military spokesmen described as the imminent threat of an anti-tank missile attack in response to Monday’s arrest of a senior Israeli military official. Palestinian Islamic Jihad in West Bank.

(With information from Europa Press, EFE and AFP)


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