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Israel kills second Palestinian Jihad leader, death toll rises

Israel kills second Palestinian Jihad leader, death toll rises

Israel has killed a second senior militant from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, as the death toll continues to rise from airstrikes in Gaza.

Six children and several PIJ fighters - including leaders Khaled Mansour and Tayseer Jabari - are among the 31 Palestinians reported dead, according to the BBC .

About 600 Palestinian rockets and mortars have been fired at Israel since Friday, an Israeli official said. Israel says it launched the operations because of the "imminent threat" from PIJ.

The latest violence is the most serious outbreak between Israel and Gaza since an 11-day conflict in May 2021 that left more than 200 Palestinians and a dozen Israelis dead.

The Israeli army warns that this latest operation - codenamed Breaking Daën - could last for a week.

On Sunday, Palestinian rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit Jerusalem for the first time since the 2021 conflict.

The attacks came after Israel killed senior PIJ leader Khaled Mansour in an airstrike on a house in the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza.

The commander had previously survived five assassination attempts by the Israeli military, which accused him of planning militant operations outside Gaza.

As well as airstrikes in Gaza, where Israel said its targets included a network of PIJ tunnels, there have been ongoing arrest raids in the occupied West Bank. Dozens of PIJ members have been arrested, according to Israel.

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