The Israeli Air Force on Sunday evening fired on what it said were two terrorists on a motorbike in the Gaza Strip, badly injuring both of them. Palestinian sources said one of the two subsequently died of his injuries.
The IDF Spokesperson Unit confirmed that the IAF carried out an airstrike. It said one of the men targeted had been involved in a fatal shooting on the Israel-Egypt border in June.
The IDF identified the two men targeted as 23-year-old Tala’at Halil Muhammad Jarbi, a Global Jihad operative from Rafah, and 24-year-old Abdullah Muhammad Hassan Maqawai, a member of the Mujahideen Shura Council of Jerusalem, a Gaza-based Global Jihad affiliate.
According to the IDF, Tala’at “was involved in extensive terrorist activity, targeting Israeli civilian and security forces, including rocket firing, weapon manufacturing, and other terrorist activities in the Gaza Strip.”
The army charged that Tala’at was “a senior operative involved in the planning and execution” of the June 18 terrorist attack on the Israel-Egypt border in which an Israeli father-of-four was killed as he worked to build the border fence, and that Tala’at was plotting another attack.
The June attack killed Said Fashapshe, 36, a resident of Haifa who had been employed by the Defense Ministry for years and had been working on the border fence for the 18 months.
Reports indicated that IAF aircraft fired at the motorcycle in the city of Rafah.
Medical sources at Rafah Hospital told AFP that five Palestinians were injured in the airstrike, including two children.
Hamas Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra reported that the bombing killed one Palestinian and injured 11 others, two seriously. One man required the amputation of his legs, Palestinian Maan News reported.
Eyewitnesses told AFP that the man killed in the airstrike was a member of the Popular Resistance Committees, but the terrorist group did not confirm that report.
Three weeks ago, an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians. Palestinian sources reported that the men were employees of Hamas’s Interior Ministry. The IDF claimed the men were senior Hamas operatives planning an attack.