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Islamic Jihad fires over 100 rockets in retaliation of Israeli massacre

The file photo shows members of the al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Gaza Strip-based Palestinian resistance movement of the Islamic Jihad, during a parade in the Israeli-blockaded coastal territory.

The Islamic Jihad has fired more than 100 rockets toward the occupied territories after the Israeli regime assassinated one of the Palestinian resistance movement’s senior commanders during a massacre.

The movement called the retaliatory barrage only an “initial response” to the Israeli bloodbath that killed more than 15 people, including the commander and five-year-old child, in the city of Rafah which is located in the southern part of the Tel Aviv-blockaded Gaza Strip.

"As an initial response to the killing of senior commander Taysir al-Jabari and his brethren martyrs... the al-Quds Brigade covered Tel Aviv, central cities, and areas surrounding Gaza with more than 100 rockets," the Islamic Jihad's military wing said in a statement on Friday.

Picture taken on August 5, 2022 shows Palestinian rockets fired from the Gaza City in retaliation for earlier Israeli airstrikes. (Photo by AFP)

The Palestinian Health Ministry said well over 80 people had also been injured in the Israeli attack earlier in the day.

Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad, Ziyad al-Nakhalah said the Israeli enemy must expect a "non-stop" confrontation in the wake of the Friday aggression.

There will be no truce following this attack, the Islamic Jihad official said. All resistance groups must struggle under one flag in this fight, Nakhalah said.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad’s fellow Gaza-based resistance movement, also said the Israeli enemy "committed a new crime" and must "pay its price."

Last May, Gaza’s resistance groups fired around 4,000 rockets during Operation Sword of al-Quds after the Israeli regime initiated its last war against the coastal enclave.

Also on Friday, Palestinians demonstrated in the city of Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, denouncing the Israeli regime’s air raids on Gaza.

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