A strike on a Damascus home belonging to an Islamic official has killed the man’s son, in what appears to be part of an Israeli operation to assassinate leaders of the Palestinian militant group in Gaza and Syria.
Rocket sirens sounded in areas surrounding the Gaza Strip and in Ashkelon, Ashdod and Gedera in two barrages of rockets after Israel confirmed that it assassinated Palestinian Islamic leader Bahaa Abu Al-Ata in Gaza early Tuesday morning.
The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Israel was responsible for the aerial attack against Al-Ata, who it described as a “senior Islamic Jihad commander” who master-minded “numerous defensive operations and rocket launches against the State of Israel.
The operation against Al-Ata was approved by the IDF Chief-of-Staff, the head of the Shin Bet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the security cabinet. Netanyahu also serves as Israel’s Defense (War) Minister.
The Palestinians confirmed that Abu Al-Ata was killed, as well. The group said that one missile hit Abu al-Ata’s house, killing him and his wife instantly. Two of his children were seriously injured and rushed to hospital.
The Palestinian Al-Quds Brigade declared that the liberation group was on the highest level of alert after the assassination.
The group vowed to continue in the footsteps of its slain commander in order to “complete the process of liberation of the entire beloved Palestine. Our response will inevitably shock the Zionist entity.
Jerusalem Post / ABC Flash Point News 2019.