Israel, Palestinian militants trade fire in major Gaza escalation

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Islamic Jihad commander Taysir al-Jabari, killed in an Israeli air strike, during his funeral in Gaza City on August 5, 2022. – AFP pic, August 6, 2022.

ISRAEL hit Gaza with air strikes today and a Palestinian militant group retaliated with a barrage of rocket fire, in the territory’s worst escalation of violence since a war last year.

Israel has said it was forced to launch a “pre-emptive” operation against Islamic Jihad, insisting the group was planning an imminent attack following days of tensions along the Gaza border.  

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