Israel Responds: Three Top Terrorists Dead

The Israel Air Force carried out a successful counter-terrorism strike in Gaza last night, killing three top Islamic Jihad terror leaders in a pin-pointed missile attack.

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The Israel Air Force carried out a successful counter-terrorism strike in Gaza last night, killing three top Islamic Jihad terror leaders in a pin-pointed missile attack. One of them was Mahmoud Ouda, 23, the Gaza commander of Islamic Jihad, and all three had been wanted for involvement in previous attacks and planning future ones.

Shortly before 7 PM last night, an IDF helicopter fired missiles towards a car carrying the three terrorists as it made its way in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City. Several passersby were also injured in the attack, and one boy was reported killed.

Following the attack, Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz decided - in opposition to the IDF Southern Command's recommendation - not to open the Erez Industrial Zone this morning, leaving thousands of Gaza Arabs at home. The Erez Crossing, however, was opened, enabling those who work in pre-1967 Israel to do so. Israeli police forces are on high alert for terrorist violence.

Ouda, the main target of the missile raid, masterminded the murderous attack in the Netzarim army base four months ago in which two female soldiers and a male soldier were killed. He also operated several mortar shell gangs, worked to enhance his organization's terror capabilities, and was planning attacks for the near future. The PA arrested, and released him, several times for his activities.



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