Thousands of mourners carried the bodies of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) commander Bahaa Abu Al-Ata and his wife during their funeral in Gaza City on Tuesday, after they were killed in an Israeli airstrike earlier in the day.
The funeral started at the Shifa Hospital, and continued to the Omari Grand Mosque in the centre of the city. A number of local leaders attended the funeral, amid high tensions in light of the commander’s death.
“We in the Islamic Jihad movement say that this crime will not pass without punishment and a harsh response, and the biggest loser of this crime is Netanyahu, God willing,” warned Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Khader Habib.
“Blood demands blood,” said another Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader, Omar Foura.
The strike reportedly took place minutes before an Israeli strike against the residence of Islamic Jihad deputy chief Akram al-Ajouri killed two in Damascus, Syria. It is unclear as of yet whether al-Ajouri is among the killed or wounded.
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