IDF Attacked Top Jihad Officers in Gaza as 7-hour Truce Took Effect

Palestinian news agencies say 8-year-old girl killed, 30 Gazans wounded in attack on Shati refugee camp, which was carried out shortly after cease-fire kicked in.

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Palestinians dig through the rubble of a building searching for bodies after what police said was an Israeli air strike at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. August 4, 2014.
Palestinians dig through the rubble of a building searching for bodies after what police said was an Israeli air strike at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. August 4, 2014. Credit: Reuters
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

IDF forces struck a building housing several top Islamic Jihad officers in the Gaza Strip's Shati refugee camp on Monday morning, as a unilateral 7-hour humanitarian truce in the coastal territory went into effect.

The Palestinian news agencies Wafa and Ma'an reported that an 8-year-old girl was killed and 30 people were wounded in the attack.

Amar Arhim, deputy commander of Islamic Jihad's Gaza brigade was severely wounded and a company commander, Ibrahim Mashharawi, was killed in the strike, which was carried out by the IDF in conjunction with the Shin Bet.

Arhim had orchestrated the Gaza brigade's operations throughout Operation Protective Edge, overseeing the firing of rockets towards Israel's central regions.

"Arhim is a key figure in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, in the spheres of rocket fabrication, the digging of rocket-firing pits, and the carrying out of other bombings," the Shin Bet said in a statement. "He was one of the central figures responsible for the 2008 Karni border crossing bombing, in which two Israelis were killed,"

Mashharawi was recently made commander of the Gaza Islamic Jihad's Sheikh Radouan Company and was involved in the Karni bombing along with Arhim.

The IDF says the strike was carried out as the unilateral cease-fire announced this morning took effect.

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