The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades said factions in Gaza should retaliate “as fiercely as possible and using all means, to the (Israeli) occupation’s crimes,” a statement said.
A lesser-known Gaza-based faction, the al-Mujahideen Brigades, also called for Palestinian resistance groups to respond to the airstrike near Rafah, which also injured 15 people, 4 critically.
Islamic Jihad’s armed wing confirmed in a statement that one of its military sites in Rafah was attacked on Saturday, and al-Quds Brigades spokesman Abu Ahmad vowed a response “in the heart of Israel.”
Israel’s army said the strike targeted “targeted a terrorist squad in the southern Gaza Strip that was preparing to launch long-range rockets,” who it also blamed for a Wednesday rocket that landed in southern Israeli city Ashdod.
The Israeli army launched a series of airstrikes on Thursday, which locals said hit a site used by Hamas’s armed wing, the al-Qassam brigades.