At least 160 rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on August 5-6, Reuters reported. According to the Israeli side, most of the missiles were intercepted “Iron Dome” system. Any serious injuries among Israeli civilians not reported.

Rocket strikes on Israel were a response to Operation Dawn launched by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on August 5 against the Islamic Jihad radical group. As a result of airstrikes on targets in the Gaza Strip on August 5, 15 terrorists were killed, including Taysir al-Jaabari, the leader of Islamic Jihad, news agencies reported. In turn, the Palestinian authorities announced 12 dead, including one child, and more than 80 injured.

The Israeli army said that the air operation in the Gaza Strip will last a week. The IDF spokesman told the AFP news agency on Saturday, August 6. According to him, negotiations on a ceasefire are not yet underway. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed an order calling for up to 25,000 reservists for “operational purposes.”

Iran vows Israel will pay ‘high price’ for operation

Palestinian-Israeli conflict escalated after the Israeli military arrested Bassem Saadi, the leader of Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, on August 1. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said the IDF strikes in the Gaza Strip thwarted an attack on Israel that the Iranian-backed group planned to carry out in response to Saadi’s arrest.

Major General Hossein Salami, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (an elite branch of Iran’s army), promised on August 6 that Israel would “pay a high price” for its “new crime.”

The European Union called on all parties to the conflict “to maximum restraint” in order to avoid its escalation and further casualties.

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