Israel warns Gaza militants against carrying out attacks

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"We advise the Islamic Jihad leadership in Damascus to be careful and get things under control", he continued.

The army confirmed on Monday the anti-missile systems were installed in "central Israel", but would not elaborate on their exact location, citing army policy.

President Donald Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations lashed out against the Islamic Jihad terror group for the threats they have recently made against Israel.

Other Iron Dome batteries were also reportedly moved to central Israel from the south of the country, where they normally protect against sporadic short-range rocket attacks.

Among those killed in the tunnel demolition were top Islamic Jihad terrorist Arafat Marshad, head of the group's military wing, and his deputy, Hassan Abu Hasnin.

The Islamic Jihad responded by saying that the IDF's statement was a "declaration of war".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning Gaza militants against attacking Israel after the Islamic Jihad group vowed revenge for the demolition of one of its attack tunnels.

And while PIJ may be under pressure by Hamas to restrain itself, PIJ is not a signatory to the reconciliation deal and may choose to attack Israel knowing that Hamas will be the target of any Israeli retaliation.

Israel believes that the terror group is set on avenging the deaths of those terrorists, and security officials said that when Israel responds to that vengeance attack - which is likely to be high profile - with a major military action in Gaza, Islamic Jihad, and probably Hamas, will probably begin firing missiles at Israeli civilian communities.

The Israel Defense Forces blew up the tunnel, which originated in the Gazan city of Khan Younis and crossed into Israeli territory, near Kibbutz Kissufim, on October 30.

Almost two weeks after the Israeli army blew up a tunnel that ran between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel, killing 12 Palestinian fighters from the Islamic Jihad and Hamas movements, Israel has continued to exchange threats with the groups, saying that it will "respond with force" to any retaliation from Gaza.

"It should be clear: any response by Islamic Jihad, whatever it may be, will be responded to by Israel with power and determination, not only against Islamic Jihad but also against Hamas". Hazem Atallah, the Palestinian national police commander, on Wednesday cast doubt on whether the reconciliation agreement can be carried out, warning that his forces cannot guarantee law and order unless Hamas disarms in Gaza. "These days, there are still those who toy with trying renewed attacks on Israel", Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. "We will take a very firm stance against anyone who tries to attack us or attacks us from any area".

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