Israeli Strikes Kill Nine In Gaza, Islamic Jihad Vows Response

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GAZA — Israeli airstrikes hit targets across Gaza on Friday, killing a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement and prompting vows of retaliation from the militant group, which said it could hit Tel Aviv in response.

Local health officials said at least nine people, including a five-year-old child, had been killed and 44 wounded in the strikes, which came after days of escalating tensions following the arrest of a Palestinian militant leader during the week.

An Israeli spokesperson said the military estimated it had killed around 15 “terrorists” but said it did not have a final casualty total.

“The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is currently striking in the …

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