9 May 2023

Nine Killed In Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza

Gaza: Israel launched an airstrike on Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militants in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday. At least nine people were killed and more than 10 were injured in the attack.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said seven bodies were brought to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City and the other two bodies were brought to the hospital in Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.

More than 10 Palestinians, including women and children, were injured in Israeli airstrikes on several buildings in Gaza City and Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip, the ministry said in a press statement.

PIJ sources told that the dead included Tarek Ezel Deen, the organization's spokesman in the Palestinian territories, his wife and two children, and two other senior military leaders.

Israeli drones bombed several buildings 

Palestinian sources and eyewitnesses said Israeli drones bombed several buildings in Gaza City and the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah in the early hours of Tuesday.

They said the first building was a residential apartment in the "Dawood" Tower in Gaza City's al-Rimal neighborhood, and the second target was a building in Rafah city.

The sources said PIJ members were in two buildings that were bombed by Israeli drone missiles. The sources said several explosions were suddenly heard in Gaza and Israeli military drones hovered over the coastal enclave.


Israeli army said it was bombing Islamic Jihad targets

Meanwhile, an Israeli military spokesman said in a brief statement that the Israeli army was bombing Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip, without giving further details.

The Israeli army identified the three Islamic Jihad leaders it targeted as Jihad Ghannam and Khalil Al-Bahtani in the Gaza Strip and Tareq Ezzdine in the West Bank.

In Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, an Agence France-Presse photographer saw the body of a man identified as Ghannam.

The Israeli army later said that according to its assessment of the situation, the army had ordered Israeli residents living close to the Gaza Strip to stay near bomb shelters 40 km away for fear of rockets being fired from Gaza.

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