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IDF launches targeted killing operations against Gaza-based militants

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Long War Journal

IDF launches targeted killing operations against Gaza-based militants

By Joe Truzman

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) began a military campaign against militant groups in the Gaza Strip last Monday in response to a barrage of rockets fired by the military wing of Hamas, al-Qassam Brigades, against the city of Jerusalem earlier that day.

The group claimed responsibility for the attack on their Telegram channel immediately after the rockets were launched.

“Al-Qassam Brigades now directs a missile strike to the enemy in occupied Jerusalem in response to his crimes and aggression against the Holy City and his harassment of our people in Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Aqsa Mosque,” al-Qassam Brigades stated shortly after the attack.

The IDF’s campaign called “Guardian of the Walls” has focused on degrading the military capabilities and assets of al-Qassam Brigades and the military wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Saraya al-Quds. In conjunction with the Shin Bet, the IDF has successfully executed numerous targeted killing operations against leaders, commanders and low-level militants of several factions.

On Wednesday, the IDF targeted al-Qassam Brigades’ “Gaza Brigade” commander, Basem Issa, and several other militants who were with Issa.

Full story https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2021/05/idf-launches-targeted-killing-operations-against-gaza-based-militants.php