A senior determine within the terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad stated the group obtained “direct orders” from the late Iranian Quds power commander Qassem Soleimani up till his assassination in a US airstrike final yr, and that rockets provided by the Iranians had been used to assault Israel.
Talking throughout a December interview with the Iranian al-Alam TV, the secretary-general of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziyad al-Nakhaleh, stated “nothing occurred [in Gaza] with out his direct orders and supervision,” in accordance with a translation this week by the Center East Media Analysis Institute.
This got here along with Soleimani’s efforts to produce the PIJ with trendy missiles, and weapons, together with these used to assault Israel’s financial and technological hub, Tel Aviv.
“It was virtually miraculous. It was very costly when it comes to expertise, safety, and capabilities” al-Nakhaleh stated, including “I can say that the missiles that [Soleimani] delivered to the Gaza Strip had been those used to assault Tel Aviv. I can say that Hajj Qassem performed a pivotal position in the truth that the Palestinians ventured to assault the capital of the Zionist entity.”
The PIJ chief defined that Soleimani personally supervised and managed the transport of missiles in “complicated operations” from Syria, to Sudan, to the Gaza Strip, including that he personally visited Sudan to make sure the shipments had been successful.
In 2009, three airstrikes destroyed a convoy of vehicles in western Sudan reportedly carrying long-range Iranian missiles to the Gaza Strip. A mysterious explosion in a weapons plant in Khartoum in 2012, which killed 4 individuals, was believed to be the results of an Israeli airstrike focusing on arms destined for terror teams in Gaza. In 2014 a big explosion occurred in a Sudanese ammunition warehouse, in an alleged Israeli attack focusing on weapons supposed for Gaza.
The native manufacturing of rockets within the Gaza Strip can be attributed to Soleimani’s steerage, in accordance with al-Nakhaleh. “It is a nice and vital challenge, and indubitably performed a job in strengthening the Palestinian resistance.” including that, “[Soleimani] didn’t prepare [the Palestinians] himself, clearly, however he gave directions to the specialists who supervised these issues.”
The Quds Drive, headed by Soleimani till his assassination in January 2020, is certainly one of 5 branches in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, designated a terrorist group by the US.
Hamas, the PIJ and several other smaller terror factions held a joint navy drill in December, throughout which a number of rockets had been fired towards the ocean, in an effort to ship a “clear message to the Zionist enemy.”
Tuesday noticed Palestinian terrorists in Gaza hearth a rocket at Israel. The Israeli navy didn’t specify the place the projectile landed, however Hebrew media studies indicated it struck an open discipline close to Kibbutz Nahal Ounceson the Gaza border.
The incident got here a day after two rockets had been fired from the Strip towards the southern Israeli metropolis of Ashdod, each touchdown within the sea simply off the coast of town. In response, IDF jets bombed websites the place the Hamas terror group was digging underground tunnels in southern Gaza, the IDF stated.
Although it was not instantly clear which terror group fired Monday’s or Tuesday’s rockets, the IDF stated Hamas was in the end accountable as it’s the de facto ruler of the Palestinian enclave.
Hamas has dominated the Gaza Strip since 2007, when it expelled its rival Fatah following a bloody battle for management of the coastal enclave. Israel has fought three wars in opposition to terror teams within the Strip since Hamas took management of the world, together with dozens of smaller exchanges of fireside.