UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Palestinian gunmen fired rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Monday after an Israeli air strike killed two members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement in Damascus.
Israeli fighters launched air strikes on suspected Islamic Jihad locations in Syria shortly before midnight Sunday after a clash between the movement and the Israeli forces on the borders of the Gaza Strip.
The air attack in the Adailiya area outside Damascus targeted what the Israeli army described as “a center of Islamic Jihad activity in Syria” Including arms research and development.
The jihad movement said in a statement later that two of its members were killed in the strike.
“We have eliminated six terrorists in the past 24 hours, not just in Gaza,” said Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) quoted a military source as saying that Israeli planes penetrated the Syrian airspace and targeted areas in the vicinity of Damascus with a wave of guided missiles.
The Syrian military source said that most of the missiles were destroyed before they reached their targets.
The air strike escalated a round of hostilities that started at dawn on Sunday, when Israel said its forces had killed a member of the Islamic Jihad movement who was trying to plant explosives near the border fence with the Gaza Strip.
A video clip taken by a Gaza photographer and posted on social media showed what appeared to be a dead body hanging from the arm of an Israeli military bulldozer removing it from the site.
The snapshot sparked anger in Gaza and calls for revenge. Jihad later fired a barrage of rockets into Israel, which retaliated with dozens of air strikes on the strip.
On Monday, renewed rocket fire on border towns in Israel prompted residents to take refuge in shelters and the army said it would block roads in the area as a precaution. There were no reports of injuries.
A Palestinian official said that talks on a truce are being mediated by Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations.
But Islamic Jihad has hinted that talk of a ceasefire is premature.
“The Zionist aggression against Damascus, Arabism and the martyrdom of two of our Mujahideen as a result of the bombing, is an event that must be stopped by it and it will not go unnoticed and the account is still open,” Abu Hamza, spokesman for the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, said on Twitter.
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