A state of emergency in Israel shut down schools and places of work in southern and central Israel as fighting broke out between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza.
Israel carried out two targeted assassinations with airstrikes in Gaza and also in Damascus against Islamic Jihad Palestinian leaders. The Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed Islamic Jihad’s Gaza commander Baha Abu Al-Atta.
Whom Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that Abu Al-Atta was the mastermind of many recent attacks against Israel and was a “ticking bomb.”
Another airstrike was also carried out on Akram Al-Ajouri in Damascus, Syria, who is the liaison officer between the Palestinian Jihad in Gaza and the Iranian Al-Quds Brigades and its chief General Qassem Soleimani. But reports say he seems to have survived.
Shortly after the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) strikes, Islamic Jihad responded with a wide-ranging rocket barrage against Israeli towns in central and southern Israel, where nearly 200 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel.
Sirens sounded in central and southern Israel warning of the incoming rockets from Gaza and the Israeli military said its “Iron Dome” aerial defense system had intercepted dozens of the rockets. But forty-seven Israelis were wounded according to the country’s emergency medical services.
Then the Israeli military said that throughout the day, Israeli jets targeted further Islamic Jihad sites in Gaza, including a training facility, a tunnel, and underground weapons production and storage areas.
And the Israeli Air Force also said that it killed two fighters from the organization’s rocket launching unit.
Islamic Jihad is the second-largest militant terrorist group in Gaza at Israel and is supported by Iran. It and Hamas, which runs Gaza, vow to destroy Israel and are considered terrorist groups by the United States.
How severe this outbreak of fighting will be significantly depends on Iran and if they want to punish Israel by telling Islamic Jihad to continue their rocket attacks, and also if Iran tells militias to open up additional fronts of attack against Israel from Lebanon or Syria.
The Palestinian Jihad also has armed forces in Syria and Lebanon, who may be used in both countries for strikes against northern and central Israel in solidarity with their brothers in Gaza.
And Hamas is not likely to stand aside in the event of a multi-front conflict erupting and is likely to be drawn into backing its fellow Palestinian terrorist organization.
The Islamic Jihad Gaza headquarters initially reacted to the death of its leader by announcing that their retaliation “would have no borders.”
Then, after firing the rocket barrages into Israel, Jihad stated that a yet “unprecedented retaliation” was still to come, suggesting that Israel may yet face more attacks and possibly from additional borders.
The Biblical prophecies (Zechariah 14, Revelation 19) foretell that Israel will be the center of Mid-East conflict in the Last Days signaling we are nearing the appearance of Jesus Christ at the end of this age.
These events and conditions happening now are signs pointing to the nearing fulfillment of the Last Days prophecies at the end of this age revealing it’s time to prepare for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ for His Church by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles who were authorized (Matthew 16:19) described how (Acts 2).
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