Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
WEDNESDAY, 16 APR 2014
10:04 PM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
22 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Middle East
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Two Gazans hurt as Israel strike targets Islamic Jihad
Agence France Presse
Palestinians gather around the wreckage of a motorcycle targeted overnight by an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City, on January 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS
Palestinians gather around the wreckage of a motorcycle targeted overnight by an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City, on January 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS
A+ A-

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Two Palestinians were hurt, one critically, in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on Sunday, which the military said had targeted a senior Islamic Jihad militant.

Gaza emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said the strike had hit a motorcycle in the northern neighbourhood of Saftawi, leaving its rider, a 22-year-old man, in critical condition.

A 12-year-old boy who was standing nearby suffered moderate head wounds in the raid, he told AFP.

Shortly afterwards, the Israeli army confirmed the strike, saying targeted a "senior operative" in the radical Islamic Jihad movement called Ahmad Saad whom it accused of planning an imminent attack on Israel.

"The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) successfully targeted a terrorist operative involved in recent attacks against Israel and was planning further attacks in the coming days," it said in a statement.

The strike had targeted Ahmad Saad, a "senior operative" with Islamic Jihad who specialised in rocket attacks and was behind several recent attacks on southern Israel.

"Saad is personally responsible for the launching of five rockets towards Ashkelon on January 16, 2014 which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system," said the army.

"The IDF operated in order to eliminate an imminent threat to the lives of Israeli civilians."

There was no confirmation from Gaza that the wounded man was Saad or that he belonged to Islamic Jihad, with sources in the radical movement also refusing to comment on the strike.

The morning strike followed another two overnight which came after a rocket hit southern Israel on Saturday, causing no damage or casualties.

On January 8, an Islamic Jihad militant was killed near Gaza City in what medics and family said was an Israeli drone strike, but the army denied any involvement.

Since the start of the year, tensions have risen in and around Gaza after a year of relative calm, with five people killed since December 20. Four of the victims were Palestinian and one was Israeli.

Since January 1, eight rockets fired from Gaza have landed in Israel with another five intercepted by Iron Dome last Thursday.

 
Home Middle East
 
     
 
Israel / Palestine
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Story Summary
Two Palestinians were hurt, one critically, in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on Sunday, which the military said had targeted a senior Islamic Jihad militant.

Shortly afterwards, the Israeli army confirmed the strike, saying targeted a "senior operative" in the radical Islamic Jihad movement called Ahmad Saad whom it accused of planning an imminent attack on Israel.

The strike had targeted Ahmad Saad, a "senior operative" with Islamic Jihad who specialised in rocket attacks and was behind several recent attacks on southern Israel.

The morning strike followed another two overnight which came after a rocket hit southern Israel on Saturday, causing no damage or casualties.
Related Articles
 
 
Israel strikes in Gaza after rocket attack
 
 
Israel strikes Gaza after militant attacks
 
 
Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting
 
 
Israel says shoots 'infiltrators' on Golan Heights
Entities
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Tuesday April 15, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Silencing Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s hate talk
Michael Young
Michael Young
The presidential chess game has begun
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
China moves to the scary side of its boom
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS