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Israeli Airstrike Kills Top Islamic Jihad Commander

An Israeli airstrike hit a Gaza building used by a number of local and foreign news organizations on Monday afternoon. Three top Islamic Jihad operative were killed.

Islamic Jihad sent a text message to reporters saying that Ramez Harb was killed in the strike Monday. The IDF spokesperson said four others — Baha Abu al Ata, Tyseer Mahmud Machmad Jaberi and Halil Baatini — used the building for hiding.

Harb was a leading figure in the Islamic Jihad’s militant wing, the Al Quds Brigades.

Witnesses said the strike hit a high-rise in downtown Gaza City which houses a few offices serving foreign correspondents.

Thick black smoke rose from the building Monday as ambulances rushed to the scene. Reports said as many as four people were killed.

The strike on the building was the second one in the past two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor.

In the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas, over 900 rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel. While most of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome system, dozens of them struck residential areas and one killed three Israelis in Kiryat Malachi. The IDF has attacked over one thousand targets in the Strip, with Palestinians reporting over 90 people killed in the attacks.

Source: Times Of Israel

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