Israel, Gaza militants exchange fire, move closer to war

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On Friday, bombing rained down on both Israel and the Gaza Strip as tensions in the region reach a peak.

The exchange began after Israel killed a Palestinian jihadist in a targeted counter-terrorist attack.

According to Israeli Defense Force reports, six sites were hit by fighter jets and armed drones on Friday afternoon, killing Tayseer Jabari, the senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander of the terrorist group’s Northern Gaza division.

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In Gaza, the Hamas-led health ministry said at least five others were killed in the strikes, including a five-year-old girl.

Rockets fired by Palestinian militants at Israel, in Gaza City, Friday, August 5, 2022.

Rockets fired by Palestinian militants at Israel, in Gaza City, Friday, August 5, 2022.
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The response from the troops in Gaza has been sharp and swift. However, the main terror group Hamas appears to be sitting out the firefight.

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The skies over southern and central Israel lit up with missiles and interceptors from Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. It was not immediately clear how many missiles were launched and there were no direct reports of casualties on the Israeli side.

Smoke rises after Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza City, Saturday, August 6, 2022.

Smoke rises after Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza City, Saturday, August 6, 2022.
(TUSEN Photo/Hatem Moussa)

A building in Gaza City is hit, August 5, 2022.

A building in Gaza City is hit, August 5, 2022.
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A joint statement by Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz said the aim of the operation was to counter the “threat against the citizens of Israel and the civilians living adjacent to the Gaza Strip, as well as being targeted by terrorists and their sponsors.” .”

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The The US Express News contributed to this report.

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