The IDF says it has killed approximately 20 terrorist operatives as they were preparing to launch rockets and missiles at Israel over the past two days, most of them members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
The military provides names and pictures of nine of those killed.
“These operations were conducted in a collaboration between the Southern Command, the Air Force and the Military Intelligence Directorate as part of an effort to prevent rocket launches at the Israeli home front,” the army says.
In total, 24 Palestinians have been killed over the past two days, including PIJ commander Baha Abu al-Ata and his wife. Abu al-Ata’s assassination on Tuesday morning sparked the current bout of fighting between the IDF and the PIJ.