Truce between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad maintained after three days of Israeli rocket fire and strikes

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ISRAELI-GAZA BORDER Late Sunday night, a truce between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad ended three days of fighting. It started when Israel carried out a preemptive strike against one of Gaza’s most powerful terrorist groups, which also sent a message to its sponsor, Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid met with defense officials marking the end of Operation Breaking Dawn.

The action began late Friday afternoon.

“It started when we received clear and certifiable information that a mobile terrorist unit was heading towards the border with Israel, with large anti-tank missiles,” said Major Doron Spielman, field spokesman for the Defense Forces. Israelis (IDF).

“They were going to be shot at residential cars, possibly school buses, heading down one of Israel’s main roads. We managed to eliminate that threat before they could carry out the terrorist attack,” Spielman told CBN News in an interview along the Gaza border.

Israel’s targeted strikes also killed the Palestinian Islamic Jihad military leader in northern Gaza and hit other selected terror sites.

Terrorists responded by firing hundreds of rockets from civilian areas of Gaza at Israeli communities near the border, all along the coast to Tel Aviv and in the area just outside Jerusalem.

In this Facebook Live video, CBN News Chris Mitchell recounts how the CBN News crew saw the Iron Dome anti-missile system intercept seven rockets. “There you see another one coming up right now. It’s the iron dome, there are two that explode. You can see it unfolding, streaking across the sky,” he says.

According to the IDF spokesman, the Iron Dome had a success rate of 97%.

Nearly two hundred of the rockets fired by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad landed in Gaza, causing a number of injuries and deaths.

On the Israeli side, most communities have bomb shelters, like the twenty provided by CBN Israel in strategic locations like the Yesha community, just 4 miles from the Gaza border.

Galit Kadosh, who lives in Yesha, said she was very grateful to CBN Israel for the shelter.

“Often we have many surprises. You are unprepared, as if you are on your way to a place. And we have this [bomb shelter] on my way. It calms the kids down and gives them the security to go to the tennis court and play a bit,” Galit told CBN News during an interview at his home.

Although the front lines of the conflict took place along the Gaza border, behind the scenes one of the main players was the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“Iran is sort of the backyard of all these organizations. They train them. Educate them. Sponsor them. So Iran has been playing a very, very important and critical role in our region for many years through these proxies and Jihad is one of the main radical Iranian proxies in our region,” Ret said. Brigadier General of the Israeli Air Force. Zvika Haimovich said during a briefing of journalists organized by Media Central.

“Jihad without Iranian support, they’re really irrelevant,” Haimovich said.

During the three days of fighting, the civilian leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad was meeting with Iranian leaders in Tehran.

After Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad is the second most powerful group in Gaza. The US, UK and a number of other countries have designated it a terrorist organization.

“Their very coat, if you read their charter, says they cannot allow the State of Israel to exist. That’s what they’re trying to do,” Spielman said.

Hamas shares the same goal as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad but at least this time Hamas has chosen to stay out of this conflict.

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