Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Israel warns Gaza against revenge attack

Israel warns Gaza against revenge attack

"Our account with them will not be closed except with a response", he said.

After the IDF announced a new set of security instructions for Israelis living near the Gaza Strip, many locals are concerned about the highly-volatile situation.

"It seems Israel learned the lessons of Operation Protective Edge, and this time it will focus on hitting the heads of the organizations (with a particular focus on the chiefs of their military/terror branches) and their operational infrastructure", he said.

The Israeli army has deployed anti-rocket batteries of its "Iron Dome" air defense system at key points in the country to guard against retaliation by the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad, Israeli media reported late Monday.

Responding to Batash, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.

Israel's October 30 blowing up of the tunnel resulted in the deaths of 12 Palestinian fighters from Hamas and Islamic Jihad. "We advise the Islamic Jihad leadership in Damascus to be careful and get things under control", he continued.

Image Tension on the Gaza Israel border
An Israeli soldier at the Israel Gaza border on Monday. Abir Sultan EPA

"It should be clear: any response by Islamic Jihad, whatever it may be, will be responded to by Israel with power and determination not only against Islamic Jihad but also against Hamas".

Daoud Shehab, an Islamic Jihad spokesman, called the comments by Netanyahu and Mordechai "a declaration of war".

Israel has been targeting the Islamic Jihad movement following the Israeli-led attack on the Gaza Strip's cross-border tunnel, fearing revenge by the movement.

"We can sense the escalation", a Gaza-area resident said.

Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump's special representative for global negotiations, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that "extremist statements & provocation vs. Israel by Islamic Jihad significantly harm the people of Gaza & are very unsafe". "The PA must resume full responsibility in Gaza".

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