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IDF eliminates Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza Strip

IDF eliminates Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza Strip Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

IDF states that as a result of an airstrike in the Gaza Strip, one of the high-ranking commanders of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad was eliminated, reports The Times of Israel.

Mamdouh Lulu served as an aide to commanders in the northern wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

In a statement by the IDF, it's mentioned that Lulu also maintained contacts with official figures of the Islamic Jihad abroad.

"Lulu was a central figure in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, initiating and leading numerous terror attacks and assaults from Gaza against the State of Israel, routinely and during the war," the IDF statement reads.

Israel's conflict with Hamas

On October 7, Hamas militants invaded Israel, engaging in the killing and abduction of both military and civilian individuals. Shortly after, Jerusalem announced Operation Iron Swords and targeted terrorist locations in the Gaza Strip.

A temporary ceasefire for prisoner releases began on November 24 between Jerusalem and militants, mediated by Qatar. By December 1, Israel resumed military actions, citing Hamas's breach of the ceasefire terms.

On December 20, Israel proposed a one-week ceasefire to the Palestinians. However, Hamas rejected the offer.

Simultaneously, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined three conditions for ending the conflict against Palestinian militants in Gaza.