Israel wakes up to tense quiet, with terror group yet to respond to killing of chiefs

View of the almost empty beach in the southern city of Ashkelon, on May 9, 2023 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
View of the almost empty beach in the southern city of Ashkelon, on May 9, 2023 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel wakes up after a quiet night that saw no rockets fired, over 24 hours since the air force killed three senior members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group.

At least 10 civilians were also among the dead in the bombing runs, including four children, according to the health officials in the Hamas-controlled territory.

Israelis are bracing for retaliation after terror groups vowed a strong and unified response.

Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar said Tuesday that security forces recently foiled a PIJ cell based in the West Bank that had started to manufacture rockets to launch at Israel under the direction of one of the senior leaders in the group eliminated by Israel.

The bombings came days after Gazan terrorists led by Islamic Jihad fired 104 rockets toward Israel in response to the death of an alleged senior member of the group who had been on hunger strike in Israeli prison. Several rockets struck Sderot during the May 2 clash, injuring three workers and damaging homes and cars.

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