Rocket Commander Killed in Strike on Gaza, Israel Says

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said early on Thursday, May 11, that they had killed the commander of Islamic Jihad’s rocket-launching force in Gaza, following a strike on an apartment block in Khan Yunis.

“We just targeted Ali Ghali, the commander of Islamic Jihad’s Rocket Launching Force, as well as two other Islamic Jihad operatives in Gaza,” the IDF said. “Ghali was a central figure in IJ, as well as responsible for the recent rocket barrages launched against Israel.”

The IDF said Ghali also “took part” in rocket assaults on Israel in 2021 and 2022.

Footage by Quds News Network shows the aftermath of the strike.

Israel said on May 11 that over 500 rockets had been aimed at Israel in the latest bombardment, which came amid Israel’s Operation Shield and Arrow, which has been targeting Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza. Palestinian sources have reported citizen casualties during the operation, while Israel has blamed misfired Islamic Jihad rockets for some of those deaths. Credit: Quds News Network via Storyful