Islamic Jihad readying for attack on Gaza border, Israeli intelligence says

Israel’s military says Islamic Jihad appears to be preparing for an attack along Israel’s border.

By World Israel News Staff

Israel forces have identified unusual activity on the Gaza-Israel border by members of the terror group Islamic Jihad, Israel Hayom reports. The activity began Monday morning and appears to be for carrying out an attack, Israeli intelligence sources say.

The activities included placing explosives along the fence and readying anti-tank missiles, Israel Hayom reports.

The Ynet news site says that Islamic Jihad may want to wreck Egyptian and U.N.-led mediation efforts to bring about an agreement between Israel and Hamas.

According to the news site, Islamic Jihad may be unsatisfied with what it’s receiving in the deal.

Senior officials in Islamic Jihad however deny that the organization is preparing an attack, blaming Israel for attempting to sow discord between the terror groups.

“Israel is trying to incite against our people and our rights, and from time to time Israel tries to create confusion in the Palestinian arena, but these attempts will fail,” one Islamic Jihad spokesman said.

Islamic Jihad has been blamed for six rockets that fell into Israel. Five between Saturday and Sunday morning and one on Sunday.

In an attempt to calm tensions, Israel reopened the crossings into the Gaza Strip on Sunday and extended the Gaza fishing zone to 15 nautical miles.

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According to the IDF, the steps are meant to prevent a humanitarian disaster and are in line with Israeli policy to distinguish between the civilian and terrorist populations.