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'Islamic Jihad' Targets Jerusalem Outskirts with Rocket, Gaza Death Toll Reaches 32

'Islamic Jihad' Targets Jerusalem Outskirts with Rocket, Gaza Death Toll Reaches 32

Sunday, 7 August, 2022 - 06:15
Palestinians gather at the scene where senior commander of Islamic Jihad militant group Khaled Mansour was killed in Israeli strikes, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, August 7, 2022. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Sirens sounded and explosions were heard on the western outskirts of Jerusalem on Sunday, as the war between Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Israel continues.

There was no immediate word of casualties on the Jerusalem outskirts, which Islamic Jihad said it had targeted in a rocket attack in retaliation for Israel's killing of its southern Gaza commander, two other militants and five civilians on Saturday.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said 32 Palestinians were killed so far, including six children.

Israel launched the Gaza strikes on Friday in what it described as the preemption of an Islamic Jihad attack meant to avenge the arrest of a group leader in the occupied West Bank.

The hundreds of rockets fired by Islamic Jihad in response is why the operation continues, Israeli Justice Minister Gideon Saar, a member of the decision-making security cabinet, said, according to Reuters.

Asked on Israel's Army Radio whether an end might be close, he said: "I hope so, but I don't want to pin excessive hopes on that. To the extent that Islamic Jihad wants to protract this operation, it will regret it."

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