Islamic Jihad Raises Combat Preparedness to Highest Level, Monitors Israelis

Israel issues strong warning against Hamas and Islamic Jihad

Weeks after deadly tunnel attack, Israel and Islamic Jihad exchange threats

On Tuesday, the military censor allowed media outlets to report that at least one battery was located in the Gush Dan region, which includes Tel Aviv and its environs.

We are aware of ongoing efforts by the Palestine Islamic Jihad against Israel.

The terror group is also purportedly closely monitoring the movements of Israeli citizens in the communities bordering Gaza, the London-based Arabic daily newspaper Al-Hayat reported on Tuesday.

The IDF arrested senior PIJ operative Tariq Qa'adan in the West Bank town of Arrabe, south of Jenin, early Monday morning, the army and Shin Bet internal security agency said.

Islamic Jihad responded that it would see any attack on its leadership as a declaration of war. The freedom tunnel is not the only tunnel owned by the Islamic Jihad.

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On Saturday, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major Gen. Yoav (Poli) Mordechai publicly warned Islamic Jihad that it was "playing with fire" by threatening Israel.

The group said it would not back down on its "right" to retaliate against Israel for the tunnel explosion, which led to the deaths of 12 of its members, including two commanders, as well as two members of Hamas's military wing.

A war of words broke out between Israel and PIJ shortly after the destruction of the tunnel, which was detected using advanced technology and neutralized inside Israeli territory using a controlled explosion.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday warned Palestinian fighters against carrying out attacks in revenge for the blowing up of a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into the Jewish state last month. The IDF wants to prepare a quick response in the event that the Islamic Jihad decides to act and also to enable the work on the barrier to continue.

Nikolay Mladenov, UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, wrote on Twitter on Sunday: "The reckless actions and statements of militants in Gaza risk a risky escalation".

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