Al-Quds Brigades and the Palestinian resistance factions on Tuesday launched a salvo of rockets into the occupied territories in response to the assassination of the senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement Baha Abu al-Ata.
State of emergency shut down schools and places of work in southern and central of the occupied territories, beside setting off sirens in Tel Aviv, Sderot, Gedera and Ashdod.
The al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s military wing, has vowed a major response to Ata’s assassination in a statement.
“We announce the general mobilization of our fighters and units and we affirm that the response to this crime will have no limits and will be tantamount to the size of the crime that the criminal enemy perpetrated,” the statement said.
The Zionist army said Gaza-based Palestinian resistance fighters had pounded the occupied-territories with “substantial” rocket fire Tuesday.
“There is substantial fire,” army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists in a conference call. “We are preparing for a number of days of fighting.”
Meanwhile, the Israeli regime targeted another Islamic Jihad figure in Syria, but failed to assassinate him.
Syrian state media reported that an Israeli strike had hit the home of Akram al-Ajouri in Damascus, killing his son and another person. The Islamic Jihad confirmed the death of Ajouri’s son.
The assassination is likely to fuel tensions between Tel Aviv and Gaza, which has been under a crippling siege by Israel since 2007 and witnessed three wars since 2008.
Gaza has also witnessed deadly tensions since March 30, 2018 which marked the start of the Great March of Return protests, with participants demanding the right to return for the Palestinians driven out of their homeland.