Israeli strike kills reported al Qaida leader in Gaza

Israeli air strikes targeted and killed a leader of a terror group linked to al Qaida in the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli military.

Israel also struck two terror cells, one that fired rockets on Israel and one preparing to launch rockets, its military said, during a weekend of attacks by both sides.

Two rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel Oct. 14. The rockets were fired after an Israeli air strike hit two Palestinian men in Gaza as they were preparing to launch a rocket attack on Israel, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces. Later that day, the air force struck a terror cell that had fired the rockets, killing two and injuring two, according to reports.

On Oct. 13, the Israeli air force reportedly killed Gaza resident Hisham Saidani, whom the IDF identified as a founder of the Hashura Council of the Mujahideen terrorist organization, which operates under the umbrella of Global Jihad and was involved in significant terror activity against Israeli civilians and Israeli soldiers. Saidani reportedly had been planning a complex attack to be carried out along the Sinai border in a collaboration between Gaza-based militants and Salafi Muslim operatives in Sinai, according to the IDF.

Over the years, Saidani was responsible for terrorist activity in the Gaza Strip, including firing of rockets and the placement of explosive devices. — jta