Palestinian Islamic jihadi commander Bahaa Abu al-Atta, 42, was killed in an airstrike conducted by the Israeli forces, the army said on Tuesday.
Abu al-Atta’s death was confirmed by the group’s armed wing in a statement. al-Atta’s wife was also killed in the dawn attack in the Shejaiya district of Gaza City. Two other people in the building were wounded.
The jihadi group, Hamas, has promised to take revenge saying “Our inevitable retaliation will rock the Zionist entity,”
Hamas said Israel would bear full responsibility for all consequences of the escalation saying al-Atta’s death “will not go unpunished.”
The Israeli military said the operation against al-Atta was approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
al-Atta was blamed for recent drone, rocket and sniper attacks against Israel. “Abu Al-Atta was responsible for most of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s activity in the Gaza Strip and was a ticking bomb,” the military said in a statement.