IDF Deploys Iron Dome Amid Threat From Palestinian Islamic Jihad Terror Group

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The Iron Dome system, which is created to shoot down short-range rockets and, in some cases, mortars, was deployed to counter the threats made by Islamic Jihad, which has vowed to avenge its members killed in the tunnel blast and its aftermath.

"We're aware of your health conditions, but we will take you anyway", one of the raiding Israeli officers was quoted by the Palestinian family as saying.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Gaza militants Sunday against attacks as the Islamic Jihad group vowed revenge for the demolition of one of its tunnels that crossed into Israel. The batteries were deployed as part of the IDF's reinforcement efforts following the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's threats in response to the terror tunnel strike in Gaza. However, despite Hamas' inflammatory rhetoric against Israel, the movement has not officially claimed responsibility for any military action from Gaza against Israel since the 2014 war.

The Israeli army indicated on Saturday they were aware of a "plot" by Islamic Jihad to retaliate against Israel for the destruction of the tunnel two weeks earlier and also warned Hamas, which governs Gaza, that it would respond forcefully. The terror group's threat came after Israeli Maj.

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Coordinator of Israeli Government Activities in the Occupied Territories Yoav Mordechai announced yesterday that Israel is expecting Islamic Jihad to retaliate.

Ten PIJ operatives, including two senior commanders, were killed during Israel's operation to destroy the tunnel. He addressed by name the terror group's leader, Ramadan Shalah, and his deputy, Ziad Nakhaleh, who run the Gaza-based group from Damascus, and said they would be "held responsible" should Islamic Jihad attack Israel. Also on Sunday, Khaled al-Batash, a senior Islamic Jihad official in Gaza, said the organization will "have no other choice to punish Israel for killing its members", Ynet said.

Israel has deployed several missile defence system batteries following the escalation of tensions with militant Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip, according to local media.

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