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Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/12/19, 10:11 am

An airstrike on Tuesday killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife in their home in eastern Gaza. Syrian officials said a separate Israeli strike in the capital city of Damascus targeted another Islamic Jihad commander, Akram al-Ajouri, although he emerged unharmed.

What prompted the Gaza attack? An Israeli army statement said Abu al-Atta was preparing immediate attacks on Israel and called the airstrike a “direct act to remove an imminent threat.” The strike could trigger another round of cross-border unrest. Afterward, Gaza fired more than 50 rockets toward Israel. The Israeli military said it intercepted 20 of them. Israel shut down crossing points into Gaza and ordered civilians along the border and as far as Tel Aviv to stay home.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Sift on the fragile truce reached in May between Hamas and Israel.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • Hawkdriver
    Posted: Tue, 11/12/2019 11:41 am

    Please be careful calling the targeted killing of an Israeli enemy a "murder".  If the U.S. military takes out a known terrorist threat, hopefully we don't call it a murder.

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Tue, 11/12/2019 04:08 pm

    We have edited that portion of the article.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 11/12/2019 03:36 pm

    It’s not Hamas launching the rockets at Israel, it’s Islamic Jihad. And they are too stupid to realize they are not weakening Israel with these random attacks, they are stiffening Israelis’ resolve to stand up to them. 

    Israel, on the other hand, is targeting their attacks, not on random Palestinians, but on the radicals who attack Israel. Civilians do get hurt and killed, but often because the radicals deliberately intermingle with civilians to cause civilian casualties, thinking that brings world opinion against Israel. 

    I’m not much worried about Israel because we know The Lord wil draw many Jews to Himself, and will protect those who receive Him. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 11/12/2019 03:39 pm

    P.S.  World, I would urge you to edit “murder” in the article, in favor of another word. 

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Tue, 11/12/2019 04:08 pm

    We have edited that portion of the article.

    Posted: Tue, 11/12/2019 04:23 pm

    Meanwhile Israel gets a WALL for help in protecting their citizens. 

    But America should have open doors to all people, even if some want to kill you and rape your children.

    People should be allowed in, but on legal terms, not on Dems terms. Dems terms? Vote for Dems and you are in.