Amid border tension, Islamic Jihad video threatens IDF

Amid border tension, Islamic Jihad video threatens IDF

Short clip shows members of Palestinian terror group preparing anti-tank missile for use against army patrol on Gaza border

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

The Palestinian terror group Islamic Jihad published a video Tuesday in which it indicated it may use anti-tank missiles to attack IDF vehicles patrolling along the border with the Gaza Strip.

Tensions have risen recently between Israel and the Hamas-controlled enclave following the deaths of two children in an Israeli airstrike on a Hamas training camp, which came in response to a rocket attack from Gaza on southern Israel.

In the short clip set to ominous music, armed and camouflage-uniformed members of the group’s al-Quds Brigades are shown preparing what appears to be a Sagger anti-tank missile for use against an Israeli army patrol. The video includes footage of an IDF vehicle apparently moving along the Israeli side of the security fence perimeter around the coastal enclave, shown as if seen through a weapon’s sights.

At the end of the clip, a message in Arabic and Hebrew reads: “To show you the shadow of the horror.”

The Sagger missile, first produced by Russia in the 1960s, has a range of about 3,000 meters (1.3 miles) and can penetrate about 200 millimeters of armor plating.

On Saturday Hamas warned that its patience was wearing thin after the two children were killed in the strike in Gaza the night before.

The IDF said it struck four Hamas targets in northern Gaza in retaliation to four rockets from Gaza that hit southern Israel earlier in the evening, with Palestinian sources saying the bombings occurred near the town of Beit Lahiya. Two siblings, a 6-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother, were reported killed when an Israeli missile hit their home.

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