Hamas Gaza chief orders highest security alert over fear of imminent war with Israel

According to Arabic-language reports, the political leader of Hamas in Gaza has ordered most of the terrorist group's headquarters in Gaza evacuated over fear that Israel plans to launch a military conflict within coming days.
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Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, reportedly believes war with Israel is likely to erupt within the next few days.

According to the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat, Sinwar has ordered Hamas headquarters in Gaza evacuated and has declared the highest level of security alert.

Sinwar's moves come amid reports of multiple upcoming military exercises set to be conducted by Israel along its southern border, including the joint US-Israel Juniper Cobra exercise.

Tensions between Israel and Hamas have significantly increased over the past month, following US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and his administration's decision to withhold $65 million in funding to UNRWA.

On Saturday, JOL reported that Israeli security officials had told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the rapidly-worsening humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip might prompt Hamas to initiate a military conflict even though it is not interested in one.

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