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Israel Assassinates Gaza Commander, Shattering Uneasy Truce

  • Flare-up between the two sides is the most violent in months
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Palestinians inspect the damaged house of Islamic Jihad leader Baha Abu Al-Ata after an Israeli attack on Nov. 12.
Palestinians inspect the damaged house of Islamic Jihad leader Baha Abu Al-Ata after an Israeli attack on Nov. 12.Photographer: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images
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Israel assassinated a senior commander of the Islamic Jihad group in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, touching off a barrage of Palestinian rocket fire at Israeli communities and Israeli airstrikes that shattered a truce that’s largely held for months.

Islamic Jihad accused Israel of also targeting another of its top commanders, Akram al-Ajouri, in the Syrian capital, Damascus. In a statement, it said two other people, including al-Ajouri’s son, were killed and warned that “Israel has crossed all the red lines.” Israel had no comment on this attack.