An Israeli air strike on a crowded Gaza refugee camp killed a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, officials said Sunday.

The commander, Khaled Mansour, was killed in an airstrike on an apartment building in the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza late Saturday, Israeli officials said.

Mansour’s death marked Israel’s second targeted attack since launching a military offensive against the Iran-backed militant group on Friday.

The Islamic Jihad commander for southern Gaza was in the apartment of a member of the group when the missile struck, flattening the three-story building and badly damaging nearby houses.

Two other militants and five civilians also were killed in the attack, bringing the Palestinian death toll to 31 since the start of the offensive. Among the dead were six children and four women.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said more than 250 people were wounded since Friday.

Israeli officials said some of the deaths were caused by errant rockets fired by Islamic Jihad, including one incident in the Jebaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza in which six Palestinians were killed Saturday. 

Palestinian officials have not commented on the attack, according to WSJ.

Members of Palestinian Civil Defense evacuate a wounded man following an explosion in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. On Sunday, a projectile hit a home in Jebaliya, killing two men. Palestinians held Israel responsible, while Israel said it was investigating whether the area was hit by an errant rocket. (AP Photo/Ahmad Hasaballah)
Members of Palestinian Civil Defense evacuate a wounded man following an explosion in Jebaliya refugee camp.
AP Photo/Ahmad Hasaballah
Palestinians search through the rubble of a building in which Khaled Mansour, a top Islamic Jihad militant was killed following an Israeli airstrike in Rafah.
Palestinians search through the rubble of a building in which Khaled Mansour, a top Islamic Jihad militant was killed following an Israeli airstrike in Rafah.
AP Photo/Yousef Masoud

On Sunday, a projectile hit a home in the same area of Jebaliya, killing two men. Palestinians held Israel responsible, while Israel said it was investigating whether the area was hit by an errant rocket.

As a funeral for Mansour began in the Gaza Strip on Sunday afternoon, the Israeli military said it was striking suspected “Islamic Jihad rocket launch posts.” 

Israel has said it took action against the militant group because of concrete threats of an imminent attack.

Caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid faces an uphill reelection this fall. Voting is scheduled to take place on Nov. 1.

With Post wires



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