We must go back to May 2021 and the Eleven Day War to find such a level of violence between Israel and the armed organizations in Gaza. Since Friday, August 5, the Israeli army has carried out raids targeting the Islamic Jihad movement in the Gaza Strip, killing at least dozens of people. The Palestinian group, which is considered a terrorist by Israel, the United States and the European Union, responded by firing missiles at the Jewish state. Here’s what we know about this renewed tension.
At the root of the tensions, the arrest of a leader in the Islamic Jihad movement
At the beginning of the resurgence of violence between the two enemies, the Israeli security forces raided on Monday August 1st in Jenin in the northern West Bank, during which they arrested the leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Basem Al-Saadi. In response, the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Jihad movement, announced in a press statement “general mobilization” and more “Readiness” of the Mujahideen [combattants]” To face For the aggression that killed the great commander Sheikh Bassam Al-Saadi and his family in Jenin.
This declaration made the Jewish state fear reprisals from the Gaza Strip, the enclave controlled by Hamas Islamists and where Islamic Jihad is located. On Tuesday, the Israeli army ordered the closure of several roads along the border with the Gaza Strip.
On Friday, shortly after the strikes, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on television thatIsrael had “A precise counter-terror operation was carried out against an immediate threat”. IDF spokesman, Richard Hecht, presented the operation as a “pre-emptive attack” against Islamic Jihad.
Members of Islamic Jihad and civilians were killed in bombing
And at the end of Friday, the Israeli army estimated that it had killed 15 Islamic Jihad fighters in its bombing, in particular, according to what it reported, weapons manufacturing sites. The Gaza Ministry of Health reported 12 deaths, including a five-year-old girl and a girlN of the leaders of Islamic Jihad, Tayseer al-Jabari. The ministry also identified more than 80 infected people. Israel continued bombing Gaza on Saturday.
Israel says 19 Islamic Jihad activists arrested in West Bank
DrIn a statement issued on Saturday, the Israeli army announced the arrest of twenty people forDuring the morning operations carried out by soldiers and members of the General Security Service (Shin Bet) in the West BankAnd the Among them, 19 members are associated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Organization.”.
“More than 100 missiles” launched by Al-Quds Brigades
Islamic Jihad vowed on Friday to retaliate and target Israeli towns. Its military wing, Saraya al-Quds, claimed to have fired “More than 100 missiles” From the Gaza Strip to Israel, warning that it is his “first reply” in reaction “With the assassination of the commander in chief, Taysir al-Jabari and his brothers the martyrs.”.
The Israeli army states that 70 shells were fired from Gaza, 11 of which fell inside the Palestinian enclave under Israeli siege. According to the army, no casualties or damage were identified from the rocket fire in Israel. “Most of the mortar shells fired by Islamic Jihad so far are harmless,” he added. Charles Enderlin, a journalist and former France 2 correspondent in Jerusalem, explains on franceinfo on Saturday.
Raids that could last ‘a week’
In Ramallah in the West Bank, the Palestinian presidency denounced “Israeli aggression” They blamed Israel for what it calls A dangerous escalation. An escalation the Jewish state is preparing for, according to journalist Charles Enderlin. “Large infantry and armored units have been deployed around Gaza for a possible ground operation, 25,000 reservists have been called up, and there is talk of an evacuation plan for the residents of the communities… All the elements have been assembled,” Described on the franceinfo website.
On Saturday, the IDF said it was preparing to carry out raids in the meantime “week” in the Gaza Strip. She determines that “Ceasefire negotiations are not currently underway”, Even as Egypt tries to establish mediation to calm the situation.