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Islamic Jihad Commander Aiman Zaarab Killed In Gaza Airstrike, Says Israel

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Jerusalem, May 5, 2024 — The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has reported the elimination of Aiman Zaarab, a senior commander of the Islamic Jihad Rafah Brigade, in an airstrike on the southernmost Gazan city of Rafah. Zaarab was a key figure within the Islamic Jihad organization, directing elite forces during the October 7 attack on Kibbutz Sufa and the Sufa military post. His death marks a significant blow to the group’s operations.

Aiman Zaarab’s Role

Aiman Zaarab had been responsible for commanding and directing several attacks carried out by the Islamic Jihad Nukhba force. His leadership extended to the southern Gaza Strip, where he oversaw preparations for combat against the Israeli military. The IDF statement confirmed that Zaarab was actively involved in planning and executing offensive actions against Israeli targets.

The Strike

The airstrike that led to Aiman Zaarab’s demise also resulted in the deaths of two other Islamic Jihad operatives. The IDF’s precision operation targeted the Rafah area, where Zaarab was known to operate. The elimination of these high-ranking terrorists underscores Israel’s commitment to countering threats posed by extremist groups in the region.


This incident occurs against the backdrop of ongoing tensions between Israel and Palestinian factions. The Islamic Jihad, a militant organization, has been involved in numerous conflicts with Israel over the years. The IDF’s actions reflect the country’s determination to safeguard its citizens and respond decisively to security threats.

International Reactions on Aiman Zaarab’s Death

As news of Aiman Zaarab’s death spreads, regional and international actors are closely monitoring the situation. The incident may have implications for the fragile peace in the region, and diplomatic efforts are likely to intensify in response.


The elimination of Aiman Zaarab is a significant development in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian groups. While it remains to be seen how this event will impact the broader dynamics, the IDF’s actions signal a resolute stance against terrorism and violence.

Note: This article is based on information provided by the Israel Defense Forces and other news sources1.

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