The Israeli military believes it has inflicted “significant” damage on the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group, destroying infrastructure including a tunnel in Israel it described as a “flagship” project and eliminating its top post, the military said on Tuesday.
Israel and Islamic Jihad on Sunday ended three days of intense fighting that saw hundreds of rockets fired at Israeli cities and intense airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. According to Hamas officials in Gaza, dozens of Palestinians were killed in the round of violence, but Israel blamed many of these deaths on errant fire by Palestinian soldiers.
Debriefing on Operation Breaking Dawn, which lasted 66 hours, the Israel Defense Forces said “Palestinian Islamic Jihad and its leadership suffered significant losses.”
The military launched its first airstrikes after indications of an imminent PIJ anti-tank guided missile attack on Israeli civilians or border soldiers. Those attacks killed the PIJ’s northern Gaza commander, Taisir Jabari.
According to new details revealed by the IDF on Tuesday, the IDF used a small glide bomb to hit Jabri’s sixth-floor apartment in a 14-story tower in Gaza City.
The munition penetrated the seventh-floor wall at an angle, penetrated the sixth-floor ceiling and detonated only then, to minimize collateral damage, senior officials said.
In a second major airstrike on the second night of the operation, PIJ’s southern Gaza commander, Khaled Mansour, was killed.
The IDF delayed striking Mansour several times, as his apartment was near a playground. Military A video was published Calling off strikes to demonstrate your efforts to avoid harming civilians, even when there is a chance to hit high-level targets.
The IDF hit 170 targets using fighter jets, armed drones, attack helicopters and artillery, according to a briefing.
The targets included 17 observation posts (six of which belonged to PIJ operators), 45 rocket and mortar launch sites, eight military camps, eight weapons depots, six weapons production facilities, three targets belonging to the PIJ’s naval forces, and one “attack. tunnel.”
A total of 1,175 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip in three days. The Iron Dome anti-rocket system intercepted more than 380 launches aimed at populated areas, with an unprecedented 97 percent success rate, the IDF said.
The May 2021 conflict saw a 94% interception ratio, up from 89% in the 2014 war and 86% in 2012, according to military statistics. The high interception rate was attributed to improvements in defense systems as well as the limited firepower of the PIJ.
A number of rockets managed to escape the system and land in populated areas, some are responsible Damage to houses and civilian infrastructure, as well as slightly injuring at least four people, including two soldiers. Dozens more were rushed to shelters and treated for anxiety injuries.
The IDF is still struggling to contain rocket fire into Israel, with officials saying it has struck only 10 squads that were on the way to an attack or had just fired rockets.
The military has said it has focused its airstrike efforts on rocket storage and production sites to set up the PIJ before the next possible conflict. The IDF believed the strikes would make it “significantly more difficult” for the PIJ to rearm itself, but some officials say they already have thousands of rockets ready.
According to the IDF, about 200 rockets fired towards Israel fell short inside the Gaza Strip. In many cases, A failed rocket Projections kill Palestinian civilians. According to military estimates, at least 16 non-participating Palestinians were killed in such incidents, some of them children.
The IDF said one of the most significant targets of the operation was The tunnel was attacked early Sunday morning. The military said the tunnel, built several meters underground from the southern Gaza city of Rafah, was to be used “to enter Israel by surprise”. The IDF said the tunnel did not cross Israeli territory, as Israel has a high-tech low wall that protects its border with Gaza from attack tunnels, which once threatened southern cities.
According to a senior IDF official, the tunnel was Mansour’s “flagship” project.
Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip said 45 people, including 16 children, were killed in the fighting, but did not say how many of the total killed were affiliated with the terror group. PIJ, Hamas and another smaller, terrorist group claimed at least 15 deaths as members.