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May 2, 2019 12:08 pm

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Threatens Rocket Attacks on Major Israeli Cities

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Streaks of light are pictured as rockets are launched from the northern Gaza Strip toward Israel, as seen from Sderot, Aug. 8, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Amir Cohen.

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.

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