Increased alertness:
IDF places Iron Dome batteries in center of country

Batteries deployed in case Islamic Jihad, other Gaza terrorist groups, retaliate for destruction of terror tunnel.

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Iron Dome in the north
Iron Dome in the north
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Iron Dome batteries were deployed in several locations in the center of the country, as part of preparations for the possible response of terrorist organizations to the IDF's destruction of a terror tunnel leading from Gaza into Israel last month.

The IDF has stepped up its forces near the fence closing off the Gaza Strip in order to deal quickly with any attempts by the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, which lost a senior member and several other operatives in the destruction of the tunnel, to enact revenge.

Major General Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), on Saturday night warned the terrorist organizations in Gaza that Israel will respond to any act of retaliation for the destruction of the terror tunnel.

"We are aware of the plot being planned by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad against Israel. They are playing with fire on the backs of the residents of the Gaza Strip and at the expense of internal Palestinian reconciliation and the region as a whole,” Mordechai said in an Arabic-language video he posted to YouTube.

"It should be clear," he added, "that for every Islamic Jihad response, wherever it is, Israel will respond with force and determination, not only to the Jihad but also to Hamas."

"We advise the Islamic Jihad leadership in Damascus to exercise caution and control matters,” continued Mordechai.

"The commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Damascus and the leaders of the organization - Ramadan Shalah and Ziad Nakhla - take matters quickly into your hands because you are the ones who will bear responsibility," he stressed.

General Mordechai has a Facebook page in Arabic, Twitter account and official website, which are visited by thousands of Palestinians daily. He lists available jobs, answers questions and maintains chats with Palestinian Arabs, circumventing the PA .








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