Five-year-old girl among several dead as Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza

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Israel was on the brink of another round of conflict with Palestinian militants in Gaza on Friday after it launched a series of airstrikes that killed a senior Palestinian commander and a five-year-old girl.

The first airstrike on an apartment building in Gaza City, launched Friday afternoon, killed Tayseer Jabari, the commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement.

Palestinian officials in Gaza said a total of 10 people, including the small child, were killed and dozens injured.

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The Islamic Jihad group said it fired more than 100 rockets at Israel as a “first response” to the deadly airstrikes.

“As a first response to the assassination of Commander-in-Chief Taysir al-Jabari and his martyr brothers… the Al-Quds Brigade targeted Tel Aviv, central cities and areas around Gaza with more than 100 rockets,” the military wing said. of Islamic Jihad in a statement. a statement.

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Israeli military officials said they had struck preemptively after several days of threats from militant groups in Gaza who were angered by the arrest of a senior PIJ figure in the West Bank earlier this week.

The Israeli Defense Forces announced that air strikes would continue overnight, targeting military positions.

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