Israeli forces kill Islamic Jihad field commander in Gaza strike

People gather around the home of Palestinian Islamic Jihad field commander Baha Abu Al-Atta after it was hit by an Israeli strike that killed him in Gaza City November 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Israeli forces killed Baha Abu Al-Atta, a field commander for the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, in a predawn strike on his home in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, officials on both sides said.

At least one other person, a woman, was also killed in the blast that ripped through the building in Gaza City’s Shejaia district, medical officials said. Two others were wounded. 

In a statement, the Israeli military said Prime Minister and Defence Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had authorised the operation against Al-Atta, accusing him of carrying out a recent series of cross-border rocket, drone and sniper attacks and planning more.

Islamic Jihad, in its own statement, confirmed Al-Atta’s death and threatened retaliation against Israel.