A rocket launched by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip on Saturday missed its target in Israel and hit a Palestinian home in the strip, killing several children, Israeli military officials said.
Palestinian media blamed Israel for the strike near a mosque in the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza that killed a total of seven people, including four children.
But Israel Defense Forces officials said no strikes had been carried out in this area and further added that the army’s rocket detection system clearly showed that the rocket had been launched only to have misfires and eventually explode inside the refugee camp.
“On our radar we see the launch and the impact and can see that it was them that were stranding and hitting each other,” a spokesperson said.
A second official said: “We have videos which prove beyond any doubt that this was not an Israeli attack. It has been unequivocally proven to be a failed Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket launch.
Israel’s Channel 12 aired a video showing the failed rocket launch.
Latest news: A misfired terrorist rocket from Gaza landed in Jabaliya (Gaza) and killed 9 people, including children. Despite this, Islamic Jihad blames Israel! The IDF investigated and confirmed that there had been no IDF operation in this area for hours before the attack. pic.twitter.com/75PNAUkp4T
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Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s spokesman, Keren Hajioff, said “the world should be outraged by this terrorist group targeting innocent Israelis and killing innocent Gazans.”
“Islamic Jihad kills Palestinian children in Gaza. One in four rockets fired from Gaza into Israel – lands inside the Gaza Strip,” she noted. “Iran’s proxies – including the PIJ – have a long history of hiding behind civilians to target Israeli civilians.”
“Israel will continue to oppose this vicious terrorist organization – which threatens Israelis and Palestinians alike,” Hajioff said.
Elad Tene, head of public diplomacy, said the incident constituted a “double war crime” committed by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. [PIJ] terrorist organization. “He shoots civilians and uses Gaza civilians as human shields.
“This incident is an example of Islamic Jihad hurting the people of Gaza. Any harm done to innocent civilians is tragic.
Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip launched more than 350 rockets into Israel in 24 hours. About 100 of them missed their shots and fell into the band, the IDF said. The Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepted 95% of the 170 rockets fired at civilian population centers. Rocket sirens sounded in several Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv, on Saturday, forcing Israelis to run to bomb shelters.
The outbreak began following the arrest of Bassam al-Sa’adi, the leader of the PIJ in the West Bank, whom the terror group sought to avenge by attacking Israeli targets around the border with Gaza.
The Israeli Air Force has carried out numerous strikes in Gaza targeting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group as part of Operation Breaking Dawn launched on Friday to tackle what Israeli leaders have described as an immediate concrete threat PIJ for Israeli communities.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said the goal of the latest campaign, dubbed Operation Breaking Dawn, was “the elimination of a concrete threat”.
“Israel will continue to act without hesitation to ensure peace for its people,” he said during a cabinet meeting on Saturday evening.
Earlier in the evening, Israeli media said the IDF had killed Khalid Mansour, the head of the PIJ’s military wing in the south of the Strip.
A day earlier, Israel assassinated top PIJ commander Tayseer al-Jabari, the mastermind behind hundreds of rocket attacks during last year’s 11-day war in May.
Major General Oded Basyuk, chief of the Israel Defense Forces’ operations directorate, told reporters on Saturday that “all senior Islamic Jihad security officials in the [Gaza] Strip were murdered.