Israel deploys anti-rocket system following Gaza militants threat


The batteries were deployed as part of the IDF's reinforcement efforts following the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's threats in response to the terror tunnel strike in Gaza.

If it holds, the deal will allow the Fatah-led Palestinian government in Ramallah to assume political and administrative responsibility for the Gaza Strip. The report stated that the terrorist group also has upped its readiness to the highest level.

The Trump administration's global negotiations representative, Jason Greenblatt, on Monday called on the terror group to tone down its war rhetoric, tweeting, "Extremist statements & provocation vs. Israel by Islamic Jihad significantly harm the people of Gaza & are very risky".

Earlier on Monday, the IDF said that West Bank-based PIJ leader Tariq Qa'adan had been arrested, prompting outrage from the group, which said it was "part of the occupation's latest escalation against Islamic Jihad and our people", according to Palestine Today, a news site affiliated with the group. Ten PIJ operatives, including two senior commanders, were killed during Israel's operation to destroy the tunnel. "In any case, we see Hamas as responsible for every attack that emanates from, or is planned against us in the Gaza Strip", he said.

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"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".

"We advise Islamic Jihad's leadership in Damascus to exercise caution and keep things under control".

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.

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 unsafe escalation".