Skip to main content

Israel warns Hamas to stay out of Gaza conflict with Islamic Jihad

Shortly after striking and killing three Islamic Jihad seniors, Israel sent Gaza-based Hamas warnings to stay out of the expected conflagration.
A woman looks out from the window of her damaged building after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Palestinian territories.

TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned citizens Tuesday evening that the expected conflagration with Gaza-based Islamic Jihad might last several days and extend to more than one arena.

Israel waited a week for the operational opportunity to strike at the Islamic Jihad leadership in Gaza, ever since the Iranian-backed group fired over 100 projectiles toward Israel on May 2 in response to the death of jailed Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan. 

Based on precise intelligence, dozens of Israeli manned and unmanned aircrafts launched simultaneous surprise attacks on three apartments in the Gaza Strip just after 2 a.m. on Tuesday, killing Khalil al-Bahtini, Tariq Izz ad-Din and Jihad al-Ghanam, three senior Islamic Jihad commanders whom Israel blames for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli targets from Gaza and the West Bank.

Less than a minute after the launch of the guided missiles at their targets, the control centers of the Shin Bet security agency and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) received confirmation of the hits. Despite Israeli claims that it acted with surgical precision, at least 10 noncombatants were also killed, among them women and children — including family members of the assassinated leaders. 

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.