(CNN) — Israeli forces launched attacks on Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza on Friday and killed a senior leader of the militant group, according to statements from militant leaders in the strip.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Health Ministry said at least 10 people were killed and 55 were injured in the attack. The dead included a five-year-old girl and a 23-year-old woman. Israel said all the dead were Islamic Jihad terrorists.
A statement from Islamic Jihad said 40-year-old Taseer al-Jabari was killed along with three others in an Israeli attack.
Al Jabri was the commander of the Quds Brigade, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the group said, and was a member of its military council.
A CNN producer in Gaza saw medics remove two bodies from a building called the Palestinian Tower that had been hit by an attack.
Islamic Jihad says the response is “inevitable”.
“All options are open, by all means, to the Palestinian resistance, whether in or outside Gaza. The battlefield is open, and the Iron Dome will not help protect the Zionists from the resistance response. The resistance will respond with full force. We will not, but it is inevitable, Islamic Jihad spokesman Dawood Shehab told Al Jazeera.
Hamas, which controls Gaza, condemned Israel’s action.
“The enemy of Israel, which has launched a war against Gaza and committed a new crime, will have to pay the price and take full responsibility,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.
According to the Israeli military, a “special situation” has been declared in areas near Gaza, in anticipation of possible rocket fire or other retaliatory strikes.
According to the army, the operation against Islamic Jihad is called “Dawn”.
Israel allows 25,000 reservists to be called as tensions rise in Gaza
In a sign of Israel’s readiness for a full-scale escalation in Gaza, Defense Minister Benny Gantz has authorized a call-up of 25,000 reservists.
The call will immediately strengthen the military’s Southern Command, which includes the area around Gaza, as well as units operating Israel’s air defense systems, the defense ministry said.