Israeli raids kill 32 in Gaza since Tuesday
100 others injured by raids on blockaded strip
GAZA CITY, Palestine
At least 32 Palestinians have been martyred by the Israeli army in two days of raids on the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Health Ministry said late Wednesday in a statement.
The ministry said that 100 others, including 30 children and 13 women, were injured in the raids.
On Wednesday morning, the Al-Quds Brigade, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad group, said one of its field commanders had been killed in an Israeli raid.
Earlier, the Israeli army said its air force attacked an Islamic Jihad squad trying to fire rockets at Israel from the northern Gaza Strip.
In a statement, the Israeli army said over 250 rockets had been fired from Gaza towards Israel since Tuesday morning.
The Israeli official ambulance service, known as the Red Star of David, said 44 Israelis were slightly injured due to the rockets launched from Gaza towards Israel's southern areas since Tuesday.
Sirens were heard in the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Sderot.
The situation escalated in Gaza early Tuesday after an Israeli airstrike killed Bahaa Abu al-Atta, a senior military commander of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad, as well as his wife Asmaa.
Israeli warplanes also launched an airstrike targeting Islamic Jihad member Akram al-Ajouri in Syria’s capital Damascus.
Two people, including al-Ajouri's son, were killed and 10 injured, but the Islamic Jihad leader emerged unhurt.
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