New fighting kills 2 Palestinian militant commanders

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On Thursday, two militant commanders were eliminated in Israeli airstrikes targeting the Gaza Strip, while a tragic incident occurred within Israel as a 70-year-old man lost his life to Palestinian rocket fire, marking the first fatality in the current wave of conflict.

Despite Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire, the violence persists, resulting in a total of 28 Palestinians losing their lives.

This recent escalation between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza represents the most severe episode of fighting in months, the Associated Press has reported.

Regrettably, among the casualties, at least 10 civilians, primarily women and children, have been killed.

The conflagration has now entered its third day, taking place against the backdrop of escalating tensions and increased violence in the occupied West Bank over the past year.

Throughout the day, Palestinian militants launched relentless rocket barrages into Israel. Tragically, one rocket struck an apartment block in the central Israeli city of Rehovot, causing the death of a 70-year-old man, according to the MADA rescue service. Additionally, four others sustained moderate injuries.

Earlier on Thursday, the Israeli military continued its airstrikes against the Islamic Jihad militant group, successfully eliminating Ali Ghali, a senior commander responsible for the group’s rocket launching force. His apartment was struck, resulting in his demise.

Later in the day, Israel reported the killing of another Islamic Jihad commander, Ahmed Abu Daqqa, in southern Gaza. Daqqa was intended to replace Ghali in his position. Islamic Jihad confirmed that Daqqa was one of its commanders, as reported by the AP.

The Health Ministry in Gaza confirmed a total of 28 fatalities since the outbreak of violence. Among them were at least nine Islamic Jihad militants, ten civilians, and nine others, including four individuals whose affiliation remained uncertain but were reportedly killed in unsuccessful rocket launch attempts, according to Israel.

Written by staff