Israeli Air Force Strikes Terror Operatives in Gaza, 1 Dead
The Israeli Air Force targeted two terror operatives in Gaza earlier today, the Israel Defense Forces said in an email to reporters.
The targets were, “Tala’at Halil Muhammad Jarbi (b. 1989), a Global Jihad operative from Rafah, and Abdullah Muhammad Hassan Maqawai (b. 1988), a member of the Ashora Council of the Martyrs of Jerusalem, a Gaza-based Global Jihad affiliate,” according to the release.
A medic in Gaza told AFP that one person was killed and another severely injured in the operation.
The IDF says that the targets were responsible for extensive terror activity, and were in the process of planning another attack against Israel.
The IDF wrote: “For many years Tala’at was involved in extensive terrorist activity, targeting Israeli civilian and security forces, including rocket firing, weapon manufacturing, and other terrorist activities in the Gaza Strip. He was a senior operative involved in the planning and execution of an attack along the security fence on 18.6.12, during which an Israeli civilian was killed. He had also been planning an complex attack intended to take place along the Sinai border.”
Israeli Daily Yediot Ahronot reports that a spokesperson for the Hamas-run Gaza government’s health ministry claimed that a total of ten people were injured, and that those targeted were motorcyclists in the southern Gaza area.