An Iron Dome missile defense batteries was deployed in the Tel Aviv area, it was revealed on Tuesday, a day after the military said it had stationed several interceptors in central Israel to protect against a possible rocket attack. U.S. envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted, "Extremist statements & provocation vs. Israel by Islamic Jihad significantly harm the people of Gaza & are very risky".
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.
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. A total of 14 terrorists were killed in the aftermath of the tunnel collapse, including two senior Islamic Jihad field commanders.More news: Local, state police respond to shooting in Fall River
While the army has said that the deaths of the terrorists was not the primary objective of the operation, senior Islamic Jihad official in Gaza Khaled al-Batash said Sunday that his group has other choice to "punish" Israel for killing its members.
The Islamic Jihad responded by saying that the IDF's statement was a "declaration of war". 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.
On Saturday, the head of the Israeli military authority in the occupied Palestinian territories, Major General Yoav Mordechai, said: "We are aware of the plot that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group plans against Israel... they are playing with fire at the expense of all of Gaza's residents".More news: Jordin Sparks announces pregnancy after secret marriage
Israeli officials said that any attack against the country by Palestinian militants with links to Iran and Syria will also provoke retaliatory measures. Two fighters belonging to the Palestinian resistance group Hamas were also killed.
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.
And that has caused some concern for Israel, especially with a report by Al-Hayat stating PIJ have been watching the movements of IDF troops and civilians on the Gaza border using binoculars and other surveillance equipment. It should be clear that [to] any response by Islamic Jihad, Israel will respond with determination and power, not just against Islamic Jihad but against Hamas as well. "There are those who still amuse themselves these days by trying to renew attacks against Israel", Netanyahu remarked at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.More news: Non-bailable arrest warrants issued against Pakistan Finance Minister
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