After its unusually direct and threatening message to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the IDF is increasing its military presence along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip in light of fears that terror organizations from Gaza are preparing to avenge the terror tunnel explosion.

IDF calls up reinforcements along the Gaza Strip

IDF calls up reinforcements along the Gaza Strip Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

In light of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement’s threats in response to Israel’s destruction of the terror tunnel two weeks ago, the IDF has intensified its presence along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip. Earlier today, the terror organization responded to the direct threat made by the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories Major General Yoav Mordechai: “The threats of the occupation do not scare us, and they express the fear of the response of the Jihad and the resistance. They are a declaration of war and we will act against it.”

The IDF has increased security around the construction work currently being done on the security barrier along the Gaza Strip, including reinforcements of special forces. The IDF wants to prepare a quick response in the event that the Islamic Jihad decides to act and also to enable the work on the barrier to continue.

The IDF has stressed that most of its efforts are focused on allowing daily life for the residents of the surrounding area to continue undisturbed. No special instructions have been issued to the residents by the security establishment and they are encouraged to continue in their daily routines.

Islamic Jihad chief Khaled al-Batsh continued to threaten Israel in an interview with the Beirut-based Al Mayadeen television network. “Israel’s threats to move the campaign to Lebanon or Syria will not prevent us from responding to its aggression,” he said. “Our campaign with Israel is open and the killing of our fighters will not go unpunished. We warn Israel against the assassination of our leaders. That will lead to a decisive response.”

At the start of the weekly cabinet meeting this morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the State of Israel would hold Hamas accountable for any attack from the Gaza Strip. “These days, there are still those who amuse themselves trying to renew attacks on Israel,” he said. “Our hand will be very tough with anyone who tries to attack us.”