Palestinian Islamic Jihad Threatens Rocket Attacks on Major Israeli Cities
The head of Gaza-based Islamic Jihad (PIJ) on Thursday threatened rocket attacks on the Israeli homefront if the IDF conducted targeted killings of Palestinian terror operatives.
In an interview with the Arabic-language news outlet Dar al-Hayat, PIJ Secretary-General Ziyad al-Nakhaleh said, “I clearly state that we will respond with force and attack major cities, if any harm is done to [members of] the resistance or premeditated assassinations are carried out against them, regardless of their organizational roles.”
The comment came after the IDF blamed Iran-backed Islamic Jihad for the firing of a rocket on Monday that landed in the Mediterranean Sea off the southern Israeli coast. The IDF specifically named a senior Islamic Jihad commander, Bahaa Abu-Ala’ta.
On Thursday, two rockets launched from Gaza hit open areas in southern Israel. In response, the IAF struck a number of Hamas targets in Gaza.