In response to Israel’s assassination of one of its top leaders, Palestine’s Islamic Jihad on Friday announced that it had fired more than 100 rockets from the Gaza Strip at Israeli cities.
The group’s armed wing stated, “In response to the crime of assassinating Al-Jabari and his comrades, Saraya al-Quds bombed Tel Aviv and other cities with more than 100 missiles.”
Due to the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip, warning sirens were sounded in several areas in southern Israel while local media said sirens were heard in several cities near Tel Aviv, the Israeli army said in a statement.
Dozens of rockets were seen launching from the strip towards Israeli areas, a correspondent in Gaza reported.
Earlier Friday, Israel had begun launching airstrikes on Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said.
The Israeli raids killed 10 Palestinians, including a 5-year-old girl, according to the Gaza-based Health Ministry.
Tensions resurfaced after Israel arrested Bassam al-Saadi, leader of the Islamic Jihad movement, in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.
Israel announced A set of measures were announced by Israel against the Gaza Strip on Tuesday for fear of Islamic Jihad’s response to al-Saadi’s arrest.