IDF eliminates two top Islamic Jihad operatives in Gaza
'A special situation has been declared on the Israeli home front,' says Israel's army
Israel's military on Friday carried out a strike against two top Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) targets in the Gaza Strip, who were eliminated in the attack, according to Palestinian sources.
"Israel Defense Forces is currently striking in the Gaza Strip. A special situation has been declared on the Israeli home front," a statement said.
Military officials said Israel was readying for a heavy barrage of rockets from the Hamas-controlled enclave, including on its central region.
According to Palestinian sources, top PIJ commanders were eliminated in the strike.
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The strikes came four days after Israel closed its two border crossings with Gaza and restricted the movement of Israeli civilians living near the frontier, amid top-level security warnings.
Such measures followed the arrest of two senior Islamic Jihad operatives in the West Bank.