Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Israel warns Gaza militants against carrying out attacks

Israel warns Gaza militants against carrying out attacks

The IDF arrested a Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist in the West Bank on Sunday night after the continued threats by the terror group in response to the strike on the terror tunnel in October.

Israel arrested a leader of Palestinian group Islamic Jihad in the occupied West Bank on Monday, its military said as tension between the two sides continue to rise.

A member of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas gestures while searching for missing or dead militants after Israel blew up a cross-border tunnel, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 3, 2017.

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On Saturday, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who runs the Defense Ministry's chief liaison office with the Palestinians, publicly warned Islamic Jihad in a video posted to YouTube.

Two weeks after the tunnel was destroyed, the IDF understands that Islamic Jihad intends to respond, and it is likely that it will prefer to carry out an attack on the border - and perhaps even fire at sovereign Israel.

The Iron Dome system, which is created to shoot down short-range rockets and, in some cases, mortars was deployed to counter the threats made by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group, which has vowed to avenge its members killed in the tunnel blast and its aftermath. Twelve Hamas and PIJ fighters, including senior military commanders, were killed in the subsequent explosions in the tunnel.

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Islamic Jihad responded by saying that "the Zionist enemy's threats to harm the organization's leadership are a declaration of war".

The U.N. also voiced its concern about the threat of an imminent attack by the Islamic Jihad and the potential repercussions, in particular on an ongoing reconciliation process between the leading Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas to bring Gaza back under the control of the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority.

"The [Palestinian] Islamic Jihad will have a hard time holding back", said the unnamed senior official.

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"There are those who are still manipulating the idea of launching new attacks on Israel".

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