Military and security officials brief prime minister on Gaza border tensions on Thursday

Lapid says Israel may act to end security crisis in south, IDF increases troop deployment

After security briefing PM says safety of residents along Gaza border priority concern and disruption to lives must not continue for long; military suspends leave in some combat units and calls up reserves in case of violent conflict

Yoav Zitun, Itamar Eichner |
Published: 08.04.22, 19:49
Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Thursday that Israel would not hesitate to take action against terrorists who threaten civilians, as the IDF bolstered its troop deployment along the Gaza border.
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  • Speaking after a briefing by security officials on the tension in the south, Lapid said Israel will continue to operate against terror suspects.
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    ראש הממשלה יאיר לפיד בהתייעצות ביטחונית על המצב בדרום
    ראש הממשלה יאיר לפיד בהתייעצות ביטחונית על המצב בדרום
    Military and security officials brief prime minister on Gaza border tensions on Thursday
    (Photo: GPO)
    "We fully understand the difficulty of residents along the border," Lapid said. "We will not allow their lives to be disrupted for long, but our first concern is for their safety. "
    The IDF has imposed travel restrictions on the border area for a third straight day, after intelligence information suggested the Islamic Jihad faction in Gaza, was planning to launch attacks against Israelis, in retaliation for the arrest earlier in the week, of a senior member of the group in Jenin.
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    כביש חסום ליד רצועת עזה
    כביש חסום ליד רצועת עזה
    Roads closed near Gaza border in anticipation of Islamic Jihad fire on Israeli vehicles there
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Bassam al Saadi was arrested by the IDF in the Jenin refugee camp. He was suspected of arranging funds and weapons to enlist Palestinians to carry out attacks against Israelis.
    Al Saadi was said to have payed $300 for a successful terror attack and $100 for strikes that were not successful.
    In a video message to local residents, Brig. General Nimrod Aloni, the commander of the Gaza division said the military observed preparations made by the Islamic Jihad to launch attacks across the border, to target civilians and troops.
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    תא"ל  נמרוד אלוני מפקד אוגדת עזה
    תא"ל  נמרוד אלוני מפקד אוגדת עזה
    Brig. Gen. Nimrod Aloni in video message to residents of Gaza border area on Thursday
    (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
    "Road closures will remain in place as long as is needed as the security of civilians is of primary concern," he said.
    "The forces are on high alert and along with our defensive measures, the military is deploying more troops to the area, in case of an armed conflict," he said.
    In addition to calling up reserves, the IDF has also suspended leave in some of the combat units, which may be sent to the South.
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    כוחות צה"ל בגבול רצועת עזה
    כוחות צה"ל בגבול רצועת עזה
    IDF forces on alert along the Gaza border
    (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
    According to a report in the Palestinian al Quds news paper in Jerusalem, the Islamist faction told an Egyptian delegation in Gaza, there to bring about an end to the security crisis, that they demand to see proof that al Saadi was unharmed by his Israeli captors as well as a resolution of the 144 day hunger strike of another member of the Islamic Jihad held in prison in Israel.
    The terror group told the visiting Egyptians that they were not interested in a violent conflict but reserved the right to respond to the "the crimes perpetrated by the enemy occupiers," the paper reported.



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