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An Iran-backed terrorist organization has fired scores of rockets against Israeli targets in retaliation for the assassination of one of their top commanders in Gaza, according to reports.

“We are heading to battle, and there is no truce after this airstrike,” the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Ziad al Nakhalah said Friday.

“The results of this war will be in favor of the Palestinian people. The enemy should expect a battle, not a truce.”

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz is preparing to call up 25,000 reservists for the prospective fight, although he maintained that the “mission is to ensure that the tension ends and routine returns.” The uproar comes just over a year after a major clash between Israeli forces and Hamas militants rocked Gaza for 11 days.

"We don't know how this will play out … but this could take time,” Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked told local media. “This could be a lengthy round [of conflict] and a hard one."


The duration and intensity of this furor likely will depend on whether PIJ can induce Hamas to join the fight, according to a close observer of the militant groups who thinks that PIJ can only sustain a fight for a few days in the absence of reinforcements.

“Hamas is the dominant group in Gaza and has a much stronger military capability compared to Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the smaller groups,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies research analyst Joe Truzman told the Washington Examiner. "Hamas is watching, observing, but it hasn't decided to join the fight just yet. ... This is mostly Palestinian Islamic Jihad and some other smaller militant groups fighting Israel.”

The violence reportedly traces back to the arrest of a militant named Bassem Saadi, the leader of PIJ’s West Bank operations. His arrest was followed by the killing of PIJ commander Tayseer al Jabari in a bombardment that the Israel Defense Forces characterized as necessary to prevent a terrorist attack.

“Jabari was responsible for the concrete threat in the last three-four days to fire anti-tank missiles and mow down Israeli civilians or soldiers in the Gaza border area,” IDF spokesman Ron Kochav said this week. “We carried out a devastating ambush that thwarted Jabari and the members of the anti-tank cells, along with others.”

That operation drew a rebuke from a senior U.N. official, who said he was “deeply concerned” by the killing and also lamented the death of a 5-year-old girl who reportedly was killed in the attack on Jabari.

“The continuing escalation is very dangerous,” the United Nation’s Tor Wellesland, special coordinator for the Middle East, said Friday. “The progress made in gradually opening Gaza since the end of the May escalation risks being undone, leading to even greater humanitarian needs at a time when global resources are stretched and international financial support for a renewed humanitarian effort in Gaza will not be easily available.”


Wellesland’s statement drew a tart retort from Israel’s representative at the U.N.

“While the Palestinian Islamic Jihad is launching missiles at Israeli civilians, the U.N. envoy expresses ‘deep concern’ for the neutralization of a senior terrorist behind an imminent attack on Israelis,” Ambassador Gilad Erdan said. "Will he also express deep concern over the neutralization of [the late al Qaeda leader] al Zawahiri?”

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UFC Menace Threatens Israel Adesanya: ‘I Will Hurt Him’

Getty Israel Adesanya of Nigeria prepares to enter the octagon for his middleweight title bout against Jared Cannonier during UFC 276.

UFC superstar Israel Adesanya has received a cold warning from Alex Pereira that he won’t make it the full five rounds.

Former Glory two-division champion Pereira made the switch to becoming a professional mixed martial arts in Sep. 2021. He had a brief run in the sport previously. When he joined the UFC ranks in Nov. last year, fans were excited to see what he would do given his history with the reigning middleweight champion.

Fans will finally get to see Adesanya take on Pereira for the title at UFC 281 on Nov. 12 in the promotion’s grand return to Madison Square Garden in New York.

Ahead of his upcoming bout, Pereira sent a chilling warning to Adesanya, claiming the current champion would not go the full distance.

“I can tell you that it will be impossible for him not to engage, if he’s within my reach I will hurt him,” Pereira told Brazilian MMA Fighters (ht LowKick MMA). “And five rounds he won’t make it, five rounds? And I come close, you can see in the fights that I come close, I have a very good defense. He will want to attack or counterattack, but I can hurt him with my defense too.”

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He also believes he will be able to discard one of Adesanya’s main tools.

“I saw in his fights that he kicks a lot and the guys don’t have the right time, the right time to block, you can hurt him with a block. The guy kicked, you blocked, maybe he won’t kick anymore.

“He’s got a big weapon and I can sort of eliminate it early on, I’ll be close to him, if he doesn’t hit me he’ll get beaten, and if he hits me he’ll get as tired as me.“

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For his debut, Pereira was pitted against Andreas Michailidis for UFC 268. The community kept a close eye on the new prospect to see how he would fare in the new venture. Pereira scored an exciting technical knockout by a flying knee and punches.

His successful first showing was a sign of things to come. Although some people were quick to dismiss “Poatan” due to his lack of experience and grappling abilities, he has proven to be one of the best and leapfrogged the entire division to emerge as the top contender.

Coming off the biggest win of his pro career yet, Pereira will go into the bout confidently after knocking out formerly fourth-ranked contender at middleweight, Sean Strickland in July.

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Adesanya called out Pereira in his post-fight octagon interview after beating Jared Cannonier in his latest title defense during the International Fight Week card of UFC 276. Their approaching encounter in the Big Apple would not mark the first time they have clashed.

“Stylebender” fought Pereira on two occasions, falling short both times in kickboxing. Pereira managed to come out on top the first time by decision, and the second time by a brutal left hook knockout that sent the Nigerian-Kiwi crashing down to the canvas.

Pereira will derive some conviction from his previous battles with Izzy whereas Adesanya is looking to avenge the two losses. The second outing was more competitive than the first, with Adesanya seemingly getting the better of Pereira until he delivered his signature touch of death.

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