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Escalation in Gaza Continues, Another Islamic Jihad Commander Killed

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Escalation in Gaza Continues, Another Islamic Jihad Commander Killed

Gaza on the morning of November 13th. Click to see full-size image

On November 12th, more than 200 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards various targets in southern Israel.

This was in response to a “precision strike” by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that killed Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu Al-Ata at his home in Gaza, and an airstrike in Damascus, targeting another high-ranked member of the group – Akram al-Ajouri, who wasn’t killed, but his son and granddaughter were.

Throughout the day, the IDF also struck several targets in the Gaza Strip, reportedly all belonging to Islamic Jihad, with Hamas remaining out of the fight.

The evening of November 12th, and the very early hours of November 13th were generally peaceful, but rocket launches from both sides continued in the morning.

The final rocket on November 12th was launched around 11 PM local time by Islamic Jihad towards southern Israel, with IDF responding after midnight.

Around 6 AM local time the exchange began once more.

As of 9:30 AM local time, Islamic Jihad has launched upwards of 220 rockets, according to the IDF, this includes all launches in the previous day.

The IDF said that all the airstrikes in the first wave targeted Islamic Jihad underground facilities used for storage and manufacturing of weapons and training camps. These sites were critical facilities for the group which invested large sums of money to construct.

Also around 9:00 AM, sources in the Gaza Strip reported that the IDF attacked the home of the family of one of the leaders of Al-Quds Brigades (Islamic Jihad’s military wing) in Rafah, in the south of the sector. Before striking, the IDF warned of the attack, allowing everyone in the house to leave the building. As a result of an air strike, the house was destroyed.

An hour earlier, Al-Quds Brigades reported that, as a result of an IDF strike against a group of fighters armed with rocket launchers east of Dir al-Balah, in the central part of the Gaza Strip, field commander Khalid Muhawad was killed. Judging by the published data, Khalid Muawad commanded the Islamic Jihad missile units in central Gaza.

Palestinian Wafa news agency said five Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in the retaliatory airstikes.

On November 12th, Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett announced a special state of emergency for 48 hours in areas within an 80-kilometer range surrounding Gaza.

Universities in the Gaza Strip have suspended classes until further notice, Maan News Agency reported. The Ministry of Education also announced the suspension of classes in schools run by the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees across the enclave.

It should be noted that the state of emergency and the escalation play specifically in the hands of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is urgently trying to cling to power, under threat of criminal investigations against him and an impending indictment.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expressed his support of the IDF operation against Islamic Jihad and said that this wasn’t the time for “political squabbles”.

“We stand behind the security forces, who have been working for the success of this morning’s operations for a long time,” said Rivlin said. “I know that they, and the Israeli government that approved the operation, have Israel’s security, and only that, in their minds.

“This is no time for political squabbles, and those who do so bring no credit to themselves. It is the time to stop such statements immediately. Israeli citizens – please listen to the life-saving instructions of the IDF Home Front Command and take good care of yourselves.”

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  • LR captain

    well now, if there is ground operation launched
    my estimate is 35 dead 40 wounded for the IDF
    considering now that Gaza has ATGMs that would allow them to hit APCs and other vehicles at range.
    this being the case if Hamas gets involved.

    • klove and light

      there will NEVER be a Ground Operation in GAZA……Maybe a Tiny “Influx” to save face but NEVER a Ground Operation to defeat the resistance because for simple reasons…….JEWS love to kill unarmed, jews love to kill from 3000 feet in the sky, jews love to kill from behind in Special operations as in Dubai……but JEWS cant fight man to man because they have no charcater , and exactly that is what u neeed in a man to man Combat…..in a real true incursion into gaza the IDF would loose thousands!!!!
      ps. ruiz jr. did not ko Joshua because he was bigger or stronger……he won because he has more character….

      • Jacob Wohl’s Nose

        Remember how wimpy they were compared to Wehrmacht ;)

  • verner

    tit for tat and kill a few of them isaeli vermins – the world is waiting for the dead dead israeli general hanging from a lamppost. or even better, netanyahu pushed through a wood chipper. that is what the world is waiting for.

  • klove and light

    satanic dirty Evil JEWSSSSS……………dieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee you are not humans!!!!
    Die child Killers, genocide, murder torture………kill all jews….kill them all….

  • John

    BN is very, ……… foolish in my view. He is playing into exactly what IJG wants. Now, Israel is not publishing dead and wounded inflicted on their side but, it would be ridiculous to think it is not occurring. Who is suffering more damage? I think that overall it is Israel. Want to make a Jew truly scream, grab his wallet. That is the strategy that IJG and others have been following for years. It looks like their counterattacks are doing nothing but, they are meant to appear to be nothing so the idiots in the Israeli government keep bleeding their country where it hurts the most; in the purse. So, that is exactly what IJG is doing. The curfews, shutdowns and social restriction are expanding in Israel. This is exactly what they want. Stupidity on a grand scale and being conducted for all to see, decade after decade. And who says Mossad is on the ball? Pfffft.

    IJG and others use the IDF like a pull string Barbi doll. When she comes out to play, they pull the string. As to the effectiveness of the Israeli bombardment, I rate it as zilch. More IDF attacks have resulted in only more counterattacks, further social restrictions and undoubtedly more Israeli casualties.

    This all started with one guy in Damascus who was actively preparing something more than this? I very much doubt that. Smooth move BN and Co.. The next stunning development will probably be, after further fighting, a cease fire between the IDF and IJG. The IDF can only contain the stink for so long before even they have to use the flusher to get rid of it. Enjoy your well cooked crow. Just one more circus over there, one more useless and going nowhere activity, that only makes life more difficult for all people who live over there. It is a farce, a bloody farce. My take.

  • Peter Jennings

    No doubt the isreali regime will wheel out all the old persecution nonsense. They have a flair for that.

    Netty will never be convicted in a state, which like america, is rotten from top to bottom. If he does ever face trial, it will be used by his PR team as a platform to launder his past and revitalise his future.

  • Saso Mange

    Collective punishment is war crime under international law. But when Israel does it, it’s fine. Day will come when Zionist bastards will be prosecuted by law.

    • verner

      prosecuted by law – no,they will be kicked all the way to hell or buried deep but no way are they, the thieving and murderous vermin, going to be allowed to stay on in palestine – they will have to find another home or be buried 6 feet under. no two things about it.

      • Saso Mange

        If there was justice that would be fair. But this world is built on injustice. Palestine will be free.

  • <>

    What a lovely day in Gaza, terrorists have many funerals today :)

    • Concrete Mike

      They are still.human beings down there, i know its hard to see from your ivory tower.

      Your attitude disgusts me, you are no better than the terrorists you are “fighting”.

      • Karen Bartlett

        Under international law, Israel is the aggressor in Palestine. The Palestinians are defending themselves, not the other way around, in spite of Israeli propaganda about Palestinian “terrorists” targeting Israeli civilians. Israel has been targeting Palestinian civilians since the inception of the state of Israel, and still does.

  • Karen Bartlett

    Go, Palestinians!