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Flare-up as Israel kills top Palestinian militant – BBC News

An Israeli air strike has killed a senior commander of the militant group Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

Baha Abu al-Ata died along with his wife when a missile hit their home, the group said. Four of their children and a neighbour were reportedly injured.

The Israeli military said Abu al-Ata was a “ticking bomb” who was planning “imminent terrorist attacks”.

At least 70 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since the killing, which PIJ has vowed to avenge.

Twelve Israelis have been lightly wounded in rocket attacks across southern Israel, according to the Barzilai Medical Center in the city of Ashkelon.

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