Airstrikes continued into early Tuesday, concentrating on militant coaching websites, Israel stated.
Up to now, Palestinian militant teams in Gaza have retaliated for such focused killings. In anticipation of Palestinian rocket assaults in response to the airstrikes, the Israeli army suggested residents of communities inside 25 miles (40 kilometers) of Gaza to remain near designated bomb shelters.
Israel’s Dwelling Entrance command ordered the closure of colleges, seashores and highways in cities and cities in southern Israel, and restricted public gatherings.
The army stated the three focused males had been accountable for current rocket hearth towards Israel.
It recognized them as Khalil Bahtini, the Islamic Jihad commander for northern Gaza Strip; Tareq Izzeldeen, the group’s middleman between its Gaza and West Financial institution members; and Jehad Ghanam, the secretary of the Islamic Jihad’s army council. Their funerals had been deliberate for later within the day.
The Iran-backed Islamic Jihad, which is smaller than Gaza’s ruling Hamas group, confirmed the three had been among the many useless. The Palestinian Well being Ministry stated that together with the three commanders, their wives, a number of of their kids and others close by had been additionally killed — 13 in all.
The Russian diplomatic delegation in Ramallah, within the West Financial institution, stated that one of many males killed, Jamal Khaswan, was a Russian nationwide, and that his spouse and son had been additionally killed within the airstrike. Khaswan was a dentist who lived downstairs from Izzeldeen in Gaza Metropolis.
The Israeli airstrikes drew condemnation from Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, Jordan’s international ministry and the Egyptian authorities, which frequently brokers between Israel and Palestinian militant teams within the Gaza Strip.
Dawood Shahab, an Islamic Jihad official, stated that there could be a “unified Palestinian response” to the strikes at a time and place of its selecting.
Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh warned that Israel will “pay the worth” for the killings. “Assassinating the leaders with a treacherous operation is not going to convey safety to the occupier, however slightly extra resistance,” Haniyeh stated in a press release.
Israel’s protection minister, Yoav Gallant, informed municipal leaders in southern Israel that “we should be ready for each eventuality, together with a protracted marketing campaign and widening ranges of fireplace,” his workplace stated.
The airstrikes got here at a time of boiling tensions between Israel and militants within the Gaza Strip. It’s linked, partly, to growing violence within the occupied West Financial institution, the place Israel has been conducting near-daily raids for months to detain Palestinians suspected in planning or finishing up assaults on Israelis.
Final week, Gaza militants fired a number of salvos of rockets towards southern Israel, and the Israeli army responded with airstrikes following the loss of life of a hunger-striking senior member of the Islamic Jihad in Israeli custody. The trade of fireplace ended with a fragile cease-fire mediated by Egypt, the United Nations and Qatar.
The airstrikes are much like ones in 2022 through which Israel bombed areas housing commanders of Islamic Jihad group, setting off a three-day blitz that noticed the group lose its two prime commanders and different dozens of militants.
Israel says the raids within the West Financial institution are supposed to dismantle militant networks and thwart future assaults. The Palestinians see the assaults as additional entrenchment of Israel’s 56-year, open-ended occupation of lands they look for a future impartial state.
Up to now, 105 Palestinians, about half of them are militants or alleged attackers, had been killed by Israeli hearth within the West Financial institution and east Jerusalem because the begin of 2023, in keeping with an Related Press tally. No less than 20 individuals have been killed in Palestinian assaults in Israel in the identical interval.
Related Press author Ilan Ben Zion in Jerusalem contributed to this report.