Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza: Reuters

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A top commander with the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza was killed in an Israeli air strike on Monday, a source in the group told Reuters.

The killing of Hussam Abu Harbeed, Islamic Jihad’s armed commander for the northern Gaza Strip, comes amid fierce fighting between Israel and militants in the enclave, including the extremist group Hamas.

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In a statement confirming it had killed Harbeed, the Israeli military said he “was behind several anti-tank missile terror attacks against Israeli civilians.”

The military said those attacks included one on the first day of the current round of fighting that it said had injured a civilian in Israel.

Harbeed had been a commander with Islamic Jihad for 15 years, the military said.

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