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Israel Launches Preemptive Operation Against Islamic Jihad in Gaza

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Israel launched a preemptive operation in Gaza on Friday, hitting Islamic Jihad targets and reportedly killing a senior leader of the terrorist group.

The strikes come after several days of tension on Israel's southern border following the arrest of a senior Islamic Jihad terrorist in the West Bank.

The Times of Israel reports that the operation is called "Breaking Dawn" and Defense Minister Benny Gantz said it was intended to prevent the south from being held "hostage" by terror groups.

"To our enemies in general and to the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad I say explicitly: Your time is limited. The threat will be removed one way or another," Gantz said.

"We are not striving for a fight, but we will not hesitate if we have to," he added.

The terrorist leader killed in the strikes was reported to be Tayseer Jabari, the Islamic Jihad commander of northern Gaza.

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