Rockets fired on southern Israel after IDF predawn strike on Nov. 12 killed Baha Abu Al-Atta, Palestinian Islamic Jihad northern command chief in the Gaza Strip. The blast ripped through his home in Gaza City’s Shejaia district. His wife was also killed and two children injured. An IDF statement said Prime Minister Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had authorized the operation against Al-Atta, accusing him of carrying out a recent series of cross-border rocket, drone and sniper attacks and planning more.
Islamic Jihad, in its own statement, confirmed Al-Atta’s death and threatened retaliation against Israel. Rocket alerts in Ashdod, Gedera, Lachish and towns adjoining Gaza. Schoolchildren ordered to stay home in southern Israel including Ashdod and Beersheba as well as the Tel Aviv region. Roads are blocked and the military reinforcements are streaming to the Gaza Area. First rockets have reached Gedera and Kibbutz Givat Brenner. Population as far north as Greater Tel Aviv advised to stay home in sheltered areas through Tuesday until further notice.
“Our inevitable retaliation will rock the Zionist entity,” the Islamic Jihad statement threatened.
A mysterious explosion was reported early Tuesday on the outskirts of Damascus. A building associated with another Iranian proxy, Hizballah, was reportedly targeted.