Israeli and Gaza militants exchange fire as they approach war

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Bombings rained down on both Israel and the Gaza Strip on Friday, when tensions in the region reach a climax.

The exchange began after Israel killed a Palestinian jihadist in a targeted anti-terrorism strike.

According to Israel Defense Forces Fighter jets and armed drones reportedly hit six targets on Friday afternoon, killing Taysir Jabari, a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander of the terrorist group’s North Gaza unit.

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The Gaza Health Ministry said at least five other people were killed in the strikes, including a five-year-old girl.

Smoke rises after Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza, Friday, August.  5, 2022.

Smoke rises after Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza, Friday, August. 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Rockets fired by Palestinian militants at Israel in Gaza City, Friday, August.  5, 2022.

Rockets fired by Palestinian militants at Israel in Gaza City, Friday, August. 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

The reaction of forces in Gaza is sharp and fast. However, the key terrorist group Hamas does not appear to be involved in the firefight.

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The skies over southern and central Israel lit up with missiles and interceptors from Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. It was not immediately clear how many rockets had been launched, and there were no immediate reports of casualties on the Israeli side.

Residents inspect the ruins of a destroyed residential building hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza on Saturday, August.  6, 2022.

Residents inspect the ruins of a destroyed residential building hit by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza on Saturday, August. 6, 2022.
(AP Photo/Adel Khana)

Smoke rises after Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza, Saturday, August.  6, 2022.

Smoke rises after Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza, Saturday, August. 6, 2022.
(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

In August, a building was hit in Gaza City.  5, 2022.

In August, a building was hit in Gaza City. 5, 2022.
(AP)

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Israeli Joint Statement Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz stated that the aim of the operation was to eliminate “the threat to Israeli citizens and civilians living near the Gaza Strip, as well as the destruction of terrorists and their sponsors.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.