Tehran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader killed by IDF rocket in his home in the Gaza Strip –
By The Free Iranian Staff
Baha Abu Al-Ata, commander of the Saraya al-Quds (Quds units) who was behind all attacks from Gaza was assassinated by a rocket that hit his home in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, November 12th. His wife was also killed during the attack. Their two children, as well as a number of neighbors, were injured in the attack.
Israeli i24NEWS reports that a drone was used to confirm Baha Abu Al-Ata was inside his Gaza home, minutes before the attack was carried out by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
PRECISION STRIKE: This is the building we surgically targeted overnight to thwart the imminent threat of Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, Baha Abu Al Ata.
📍Shejaiyah, Gaza pic.twitter.com/NkNlWAPMhy
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 12, 2019
He has been described as a “time bomb” who planned many more terrorist attacks and operations.
Also on Tuesday morning, Israeli fighters fired three rockets into the residence Akram Al-Ajouri, the political leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, in the Mazza district, west of Damascus, killing Muaz, his son and another civilian, a military source said. According to the report, ten others were injured, including Batul, the daughter of the leader of the Islamic Jihad. Al-Ajouri himself survived the attack.
Syria’s state-run news agency added that Akram al-Ajouri residential building was hit by several missiles and that the building was completely destroyed. Several vehicles were destroyed in the attack and the window of several buildings around the site of the attack were also broken. As a result, Muaz, his son, and another civilian were killed. According to the report, ten others were injured, including Batul, the daughter of the leader of the Islamic Jihad.
Senior Israeli officials and media have emphasized that the operation against Baha Abu Al-Ata and Akram al-Ajouri was “a message that was being sent to Iran.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the operation: “Anyone who thinks he can harm our people and run away from us is wrong.”
Former military chief General Yossi Kuperwasser told the Israeli media that the elimination of Baha Abu Al-Ata in Gaza and the attempted assassination of Akram al-Assouri in Syria “is part of the Israeli war with Iran”.
Iranian activists on social media reacted to Abu Al-Ata’s assassination, commenting: