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Senior jihadist among four martyrs in Israeli attack on Gaza MPNRC News

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Gaza City (AFP) – A senior Islamic Jihad militant was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip on Friday, the terror group warned Israel had ‘started a war’.

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A child was among the four killed in the attack, the enclave’s health ministry said.

“The IDF (Israeli army) is currently attacking the Gaza Strip. A state of emergency has been declared on the Israeli home front.” Islamic Jihad has said that Israel has launched a war against our people.

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“We must defend ourselves and our people together. We will not allow the enemy’s strategy of resistance and undermining our national resilience,” the group said in a statement.

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Palestinians in Gaza City told AFP they saw airstrikes on an apartment in the central Rimal neighborhood. Gaza’s health ministry reported four people were killed, “among them a five-year-old girl, targeted by the Israeli occupation”.

Islamic Jihad said it was mourning “the great Jihadi commander Taysir al-Jabri ‘Abu Mahmoud’, who was killed in a Zionist assassination in Gaza City,” it said in a statement.

The attacks come four days after Israel closed two border crossings with Gaza for security reasons and restricted the movement of Israeli citizens living near the border.

The measures follow the arrest in the occupied West Bank of two senior members of Islamic Jihad, which has a strong presence in Gaza.

Before launching the airstrikes, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told Gaza militants: “Your time is up.

“To our enemies, and especially to the leadership of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, I want to emphasize: Your time is up. The threat will be eliminated one way or another,” he said.

On Friday afternoon, the Israeli army banned large gatherings in communities within 80 kilometers (50 miles) of the Gaza border until Saturday evening. The measures follow four days of road closures and other restrictions on movement in border areas.

Since Tuesday, patients and Palestinians with Israeli work permits have been barred from leaving the Gaza Strip, while the Mal crossing has also been closed.

Gaza’s only power station is at risk of an outage due to a lack of fuel supplies from Israel, its manager warned on Thursday. The border has been closed this week after security forces raided the West Bank district north of Jenin.

Israeli forces detained Bassem al-Saadi and another senior member of Islamic Jihad. A 17-year-old member of the group was shot dead by Israeli forces during the raid.

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