“Ceasefire? Yeah we can agree to that! What time shall it commence?… Can we wait another half hour?… 🤔… Wait … NOW WE CAN AGREE TO CEASEFIRE!”
IDF Eliminates Another Jihad Commander Before Ceasefire Commences
By David Israel – 16 Heshvan 5780 – November 14, 2019
Photo Credit: Fadi Fahd/Flash90
A few hours before the ceasefire between Israel and the Islamic Jihad went into effect, Israel Air Force attacked a house in the Deir al-Balah refugee camp, killing Rasmi Abu Malhus, commander of the rocket launching unit in the Islamic Jihad central division. According to the Gaza health ministry, seven family members were reportedly killed as well. 12 were wounded.
Before midnight, the IDF spokesperson tweeted: “A short time ago, IDF fighter jets and aircraft attacked several terrorist targets of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip. Among the terrorist targets were a war room used by the terrorist organization in Khan Yunis, which initiates routine and emergency activities, and which also serves as a military compound of the terrorist organization in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.”
At about the same time, an IDF naval craft attacked an Islamic Jihad military training compound that also served as a weapons warehouse.
Ma’an reported that “Egyptian intelligence reached a truce agreement approved by Islamic Jihad and the occupying power, which came into effect at 5:30 AM Thursday. Islamic Jihad spokesman Mussab al-Braim confirmed the deal had been reached. The agreement stipulates that Israel will agree to the terms of the Islamic Jihad movement, most notably the cessation of assassinations as well as a ceasefire regarding the demonstrators of the marches of return, which must be kept peaceful.”
In the short operation this week, the IDF increased the rate of its attacks and expanded the type of targets, most notably, IAF warplanes reportedly attacked 10 Islamic Jihad rocket launching squads in mid-operation, killing at least 20.
These accurate elimination actions were carried out in collaboration between the Southern Command, the Air Force and the IDF Intelligence Division, and have degraded the Jihad’s ability to launch rockets at Israeli civilians.
This was complemented by the attack on a major rocket warhead production plant in the southern Gaza Strip, which destroyed unique raw materials for long-range rocket production. The Islamic Jihad relied on this rocket production system in the renewal and maintenance of its rocket inventory.
Since the assassination of Baha Abu al-Atta on Tuesday morning, Israel has eliminated 32 terrorists, most of them members of the Islamic Jihad. About 100 were wounded.
22 Terrorists Eliminated, 350+ Rockets Fired at Israel
By Hana Levi Julian – 16 Heshvan 5780 – November 13, 2019
Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90
Israeli military forces eliminated 22 terrorists and wounded 69 others within the past 36 hours — since the start of the conflict with the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group in Gaza.
More than 350 rockets, missiles and mortars have been launched at Israeli territory from Gaza since Tuesday morning.Advertisement
Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Maj.-Gen. Kamil Abu Rukun, announced Tuesday (12 November) that the Erez and Kerem Shalom Crossings are closed until further notice, and the fishing zone in Gaza is to be scaled back as well.
“We are continuing to strike Islamic Jihad after having targeted its senior commander in the Gaza Strip,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning.
Baha Abu al-Ata, he said, “was responsible for most of the terrorist attacks originating in the Gaza Strip in the past year and he had been planning to carry out additional attacks in the days to come.”
Netanyahu commended the IDF, ISA, IDF Intelligence, the Air Force and IDF Southern Command for their “successful operation, which is creating a new standard for targeting murderers and terrorists in the world.”
He also praised the Iron Dome soldiers, who he said “are also creating a new standard, because their action in successfully intercepting over 90 percent of these launches. This is exceptional work by our soldiers and commanders. I salute you.”
Since Tuesday, Netanyahu said the IDF destroyed important Islamic Jihad targets, including terrorist cells that planned to launch rockets at the territory of the State of Israel, several of which were caught in the act.
“I said yesterday that we are not bent on escalation, but that we would respond to every attack against us, and respond very sharply.
“Islamic Jihad would do well to understand this right now, instead of when it will be too late. I believe that Islamic Jihad is starting to internalize this message. They understand we will continue to strike them without mercy. They understand that Israel is very strong and that our will is very great.
“We are determined to fight to defend our country and if they think that these barrages or these strikes will weaken us or lessen our determination, they are mistaken. Therefore, they have but one choice – to stop these attacks or take more and more blows. The choice is theirs.
“Citizens of Israel, I reiterate that this could take time. IDF Home Front Command instructions must be followed carefully. I will also add that we see a very high likelihood that those who follow these instructions will not be hurt,” he emphasized.
“When there are casualties, in almost all cases, they are people who did not listen to IDF Home Front Command. These instructions are simple and clear and I ask that you all follow them.
“Together we will continue to do everything that needs to be done to defend the security of the State of Israel and its citizens. Together we will be victorious.”