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Israeli Air Strike Kills ‘Islamic Jihad’ Commander in Gaza

Israeli Air Strike Kills ‘Islamic Jihad’ Commander in Gaza

Monday, 17 May, 2021 - 10:45
Fire and smoke billow from Israeli airstrikes in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestine, May 11, 2021. (AFP)

An Israeli air strike killed a top commander with the “Islamic Jihad” militant group in Gaza on Monday, the Israeli military and a source in the group said.

The killing of Hussam Abu Harbeed, Jihad's northern division commander, was likely to draw a fierce response from the militant group as Israel's fighting also rages on with the enclave's rulers Hamas.

In a statement confirming it had killed Harbeed, the Israeli military said he "was behind several anti-tank missile terror attacks against Israeli civilians."

The military said those attacks included one on the first day of the current round of fighting that it said had injured a civilian in Israel.

Harbeed had been a commander with Jihad for 15 years, the military said.

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