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Israel Kills Senior Islamic Jihad Leader In Gaza


By Patrick Smith, Paul Goldman, Lawahez Jabari and Rachel Elbaum

Nearly 200 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Tuesday hours after an Israeli airstrike targeted and killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza in the most serious escalation of violence in months.

The Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife, as Islamic Jihad vowed further revenge.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement Tuesday that Abu el-Atta was the mastermind of many recent attacks against Israel and was a "ticking bomb."
Image: The home of Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu Al-Atta
The home of Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu el-Atta after it was hit by an Israeli strike that killed him in Gaza City on Tuesday.Mohammed Salem / Reuters

Less than two hours after the strike, sirens sounded in central and southern Israel warning of incoming rockets from Gaza. Around 50 rockets were fired at Israel early Tuesday, with "dozens" more set off later in the day, the Israeli military said.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/israel-hit-50-rockets-gaza-after-airstrike-kills-islamic-jihad-n1080391