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Watch | Israel unleashes wave of airstrikes in Gaza, killing 8 people

A Palestinian firefighter fights the blaze amid the destruction following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City. The Israeli military said today it launched air strikes on Gaza, which were witnessed by Palestinians in central Gaza City.  (AFP)Premium
A Palestinian firefighter fights the blaze amid the destruction following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City. The Israeli military said today it launched air strikes on Gaza, which were witnessed by Palestinians in central Gaza City.  (AFP)

  • The latest wave of strikes risk igniting yet another war in the territory, which is ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas and is home to about 2 million Palestinians

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Israel on Friday reportedly unleashed a wave of airstrikes in Gaza, killing at least eight people, including a senior militant, and wounding another 40, according to reports. According to AP report, Israel said it was targeting the Islamic Jihad militant group following days of heightened tensions after the arrest of a senior militant in the occupied West Bank earlier this week.

The report stated that the latest wave of strikes risk igniting yet another war in the territory, which is ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas and is home to about 2 million Palestinians, adding that the assassination of a senior militant would likely be met by rocket fire from Gaza, pushing the region closer to all-out war. Meanwhile, a Twitter user shared a video as Israel began aggression on Gaza today.

According to the AP report, a blast could be heard in Gaza City, where smoke poured out of the seventh floor of a tall building on Friday. The Palestinian Health Ministry said seven people were killed, including a 5-year-old girl, and at least 40 were wounded. Islamic Jihad said a Gaza commander, Taiseer al-Jabari, was among those killed, the report said.

Notably, Israel had closed roads around Gaza earlier this week and sent reinforcements to the border as it braced for a revenge attack after the arrest of the Islamic Jihad leader in the occupied West Bank on Monday. A teenage member of the group was killed in a gunbattle between the Israeli troops and Palestinian militants, the report said.

Israel and the Hamas fought four wars and several smaller skirmishes in the 15 years since the militant group seized power in the coastal strip from rival Palestinian forces. The most recent war was in May 2021, and tensions again soared earlier this year following a wave of attacks inside Israel, near-daily military operations in the West Bank and tensions at a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site, according to the AP report.

(With inputs from AP)

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