Israel Air Force launches two strikes in Gaza killing two members of Mujahideen Shura Council who planned to carry out terrorist attacks, and were involved in previous attacks against Israel. One of the terrorists killed is Isham Saidani, leader of the Gaza-based Salafi group Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad. He was arrested in March 2011 by Hamas security forces two years after a violent clash between Hamas and members of the Jund Ansar Allah group which declared the establishment of an Islamic emirate in Gaza.Shortly after his arrest, his group kidnapped Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoni and executed him
Two Mujahideen Shura Council operatives were killed Saturday in two Air Force strikes in Gaza.
One of the terrorists was involved in the firing of a rocket that hit a backyard in the town of Netivot on Friday and the other helped carry out the border attack that claimed the life of Arab-Israeli Said Fashapshe last June.
Palestinians sources said that the first strike in Jabalya left at least one person riding a motorcycle dead. Other civilians hurt in the attack were taken to a nearby hospital, according to the sources.
Shortly thereafter the IAF launched another strike at the al-Zeitun neiborhood in eastern Gaza. Casualties were reported.
Saturday's strikes were the result of a joint Shin Bet and IAF operation.
According to IDF intelligence, the two terrorists were planning to carry out an attack during Sukkot holiday but were forced to change their plans following the IDF's October 7 strike which left two members of their cell severely injured.
The IDF issued a statement saying that the Mujahideen Shura Council has claimed responsibility for the firing at Netivot.
"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers and will continue to act with determination and force against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel. Hamas is held accountable."
One of the terrorists killed Saturday is Isham Saidani, leader of the Gaza-based Salafi group Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad.
Saidani, 43, also known as Abu al-Walid al-Muqdasi, was the leader of the Al-Qaeda inspired group and was involved in previous terrorist attacks against Israel. He was arrested in March 2011 by Hamas security forces two years after a violent clash between Hamas and members of the Jund Ansar Allah group which declared the establishment of an Islamic emirate in Gaza.
During the fighting, Hamas carried out a massacre at a Rafah mosque which left 28 people, mostly Salafi operatives, dead. Until his arrest, Saidani was working to unite all of Gaza's Salafi factions under one organization.
Shortly after his arrest, the group kidnapped Italian activist Vittorio Arrigoniand executed him. The move gravely hurt Hamas' international image and the group vowed to bring those responsible to justice. Four days later, Hamas forcesraided the murderers' house. Two were killed and was one injured and captured.
Saidani was released from jail last August apparently following mediation efforts by Jordanian Islamists.
Second photo is of Isham Saidani
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