Israeli occupation targeted Islamic Jihad Palestinian resistance officials in two separate attacks early Tuesday morning, killing a commander in Gaza and an official’s son in Syria.
Islamic Jihad said the commander, Baha Abu al-Atta, as well as his wife were martyred in the attack in Gaza, which the Israeli military said was a rare targeted missile strike from a fighter jet.
Two others were injured in the blast that ripped through the building in Gaza City’s Shejaiya district before dawn.
“Our inevitable retaliation will rock the Zionist entity,” the Islamic Jihad said, adding that it was on “maximum alert”.
Palestinian resistance group Hamas said that the Zionist entity “bears full responsibility for all consequences of this escalation” and promised that al-Atta’s death “will not go unpunished”.
The occupation military said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had authorized the operation against al-Atta, blaming him for recent rocket, drone and sniper attacks against the Israeli occupation, and attempted infiltrations into the occupied territories.
Separately on Tuesday, Syrian state media said that Israel launched a missile attack targeting the home of an Islamic Jihad official in the Syrian capital, killing one of his sons.
State news agency SANA said at least two people were killed in the attack in Mezzah, a western district of the city, while six others were wounded.
Islamic Jihad said political leader Akram al-Ajouri survived the attack on his home and blamed the “Zionist criminal enemy”.