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Israel arrests senior Islamic Jihad leader

Israel's army has arrested a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad resistance movement after its demolition of a tunnel in the besieged Gaza Strip last month.

 

Israel's army has arrested a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad resistance movement after its demolition of a tunnel in the besieged Gaza Strip last month.

 

The Israeli army said on Monday that it arrested overnight what it called the "senior operative" in Arraba near the city of Jenin in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

 

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.

 

Tensions have risen between Israel and Islamic Jihad after Israel destroyed a tunnel stretching from the besieged Gaza Strip into the heart of the occupied territories on October 30.

 

The demolition killed 14 fighters from al-Quds Brigades, which is the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, and the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas resistance movement.

 

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza against conducting retaliatory attacks in response to the tunnel’s demolition.

 

The remarks echoed an earlier warning issued by a high-ranking Israeli military commander.

 

In an Arabic-language video published on late Saturday, Major General Yoav Mordechai, the head of an Israeli ministry unit responsible for activities in the Palestinian lands, warned Palestinian resistance fighters against carrying out an attack in revenge.




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