Israel raises security alert after threats to Islamic Jihad

A 17-year-old Palestinian boy is paraded through Khan Yunis in Gaza ahead of his wedding. AFP

A 17-year-old Palestinian boy is paraded through Khan Yunis in Gaza ahead of his wedding. AFP

An Israeli general has warned Palestinian militants against carrying out attacks in revenge for the blowing up of a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into the Jewish state last month.

A source with Islamic Jihad confirmed that one of its leaders, Tareq Qadaan, was detained during an "arrest campaign" launched by scores of Israeli soldiers.

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.

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His comments came after the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group in Gaza threatened Israel with retaliation for blowing up a terror tunnel, killing 12 terrorists.

The Arabic video posted by Mordechai said: "We're aware of the plot that Palestinian Islamic Jihad is concocting against Israel".

Two Israeli civilians, said to be mentally unstable, are also believed to have entered Gaza and to be held by Hamas.

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Israel's Shin Bet security agency stated that PIJ commander Tariq Qa'adan was apprehended by the IDF in the Palestinian town of Arrabeh, southwest of Jenin, "for being a member of a terrorist group".

Israel said that the tunnel, which ran from the besieged Palestinian enclave into Israeli territory, was a "terror tunnel" aimed to attack Israelis.

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the latest threats from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad: "We will take a very firm stance against anyone who tries to attack us." .

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Earlier on Monday, the Israeli military elevated the level of preparedness near the separation fence between Israel and Gaza.

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