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Gaza Launches Rockets After Israel Kills Islamic Jihad Leader

Israel's Foreign Ministry described Baha Abu Al-Ata as "a ticking bomb" who'd prepared to launch terror attacks against Israeli citizens.
Posted at 7:38 AM, Nov 12, 2019

Militants in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets into southern and central Israel Tuesday morning.

In response, Israel ordered all schools and "non-essential businesses" located within roughly 50 miles of its border with Gaza to close. That includes Tel Aviv. Schools and businesses in the city haven't been forced to close since the 2014 Gaza War.

The Israel Defense Forces said its Iron Dome missile-defense system intercepted at least 20 rockets.

Multiple people were injured by rocket fire, including an 8-year-old girl who is reportedly in critical condition.

The rocket fire came shortly after Israeli forces killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza earlier in the day. Israel's Foreign Ministry described Baha Abu Al-Ata as "a ticking bomb" who'd been preparing to launch more terror attacks against Israeli citizens.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.