Militant Commander Killed in Gaza Strikes, Israel Says

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it killed the commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s (PIJ’s) Rocket Launching Force in Gaza early on Thursday, May 11.

The strike came after Israel launched Operation Shield and Arrow in response to what it said was a rocket fired by militants in Gaza.

“We just targeted Ali Ghali, the commander of Islamic Jihad’s Rocket Launching Force, as well as two other Islamic Jihad operatives in Gaza,” the IDF said. “Ghali was a central figure in IJ, as well as responsible for the recent rocket barrages launched against Israel.”

The rockets from Gaza followed Israeli strikes earlier this week that killed 13 people, including four children.

The Israeli Air Force released footage of what it said were strikes on various PIJ sites, including weapons-making facilities and an anti-tank firing position. Credit: Israeli Air Force via Storyful

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