No fewer than 22 Palestinians, including Islamic Jihad commander have been killed in Gaza air strikes since Tuesday, as tensions flare up.
Israeli forces have killed a top Islamic Jihad commander in an air raid on his home in Gaza City, unleashing a new spiral of violence.
Shortly after the attack on Tuesday morning that
killed Bahaa Abu al-Ata and his wife, salvos of rockets were launched
from Palestinian groups in the besieged Gaza Strip into Israel.
In response to the rocket barrage, dozens of air raids were launched on Gaza. Overall, 18 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli bombardment in Gaza, according to health officials.
Separate missile attack on Tuesday hit the home of Islamic Jihad official Akram al-Ajouri in Damascus, killing two people including one of his sons.
However, Syria said Israel is responsible for the Damascus attack.