A leading official of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization, which is considered the second most powerful in the Gaza Strip after Hamas, was killed in an aerial bombardment in Rafah, in the southern part of the enclave, the Israeli armed forces announced yesterday Saturday.

Ayman Zarrab was allegedly among the commanders of the Rafah brigade of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and was also responsible for the attack on Kibbutz Shufa and an Israeli military position on October 7, according to the same source.

In addition to the senior official of the Palestinian Islamist movement, two other Palestinian Islamic Jihad “terrorists” were “eliminated” who were with him in an apartment that was targeted, always by the Israeli army.

The war, now in its 212th day, erupted when an unprecedented raid by fighters from Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups in southern areas of Israeli territory killed 1,170 people, most of them civilians, according to a tally based on official Israeli data.

Israel’s massive military operation since then in retaliation for the Palestinian enclave, vowing to wipe out Hamas, has so far killed at least 34,654 people, most of them women and children, according to the Palestinian Islamist movement’s health ministry.