IDF kills commander of Islamic Jihad’s rocket-launching force

Rocket attacks on Israel resume after Ali Ghali and two Islamic Jihad operatives in Gaza killed in IDF airstrikes.


Around 4 a.m. Thursday morning in Israel, the Israel Defense Forces announced that it had eliminated Ali Ghali, commander of Islamic Jihad’s rocket launching force, as well as two other Islamic Jihad operatives in Gaza.

“Ghali was a central figure in Islamic Jihad, as well as responsible for the recent rocket barrages launched against Israel,” the IDF tweeted.

Ghali was killed in an IDF airstrike while he was hiding in an apartment in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. The two other Islamic Jihad terrorists killed in the strike had been hiding in the same apartment.

The killing of the senior Islamic Jihad terrorist marks the fourth prominent member of the group to be eliminated by the IDF in the latest round of fighting.

Ali Ghali

Ali Ghali, commander of Islamic Jihad rocket force (IDF spokesperson)

“While there have been no rocket alerts for several hours, I expect Islamic Jihad will retaliate for the targeted strike against Ali Ghali and other cadres belonging to the militant group,” Joe Truzman, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, tweeted.

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As of 8:00 a.m. Thursday, the IDF has bombed 147 Islamic Jihad positions in Gaza and shot down 154 rockets since fighting broke out on Tuesday.

A further 110 rocket launches failed to clear the Gaza Strip, with 368 rockets crossing into Israeli territory.