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IDF reopens some Gaza-area roads while still on high alert for Islamic Jihad reprisal attack

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Israeli soldiers block roads near the border with the Gaza Strip on August 2, 2022. (Flash90)
Israeli soldiers block roads near the border with the Gaza Strip on August 2, 2022. (Flash90)

While the military’s level of alert along the border with the Gaza Strip remains high, several of the roads closed earlier this morning as a precautionary step against possible attacks from the coastal enclave are to be reopened, according to the Ynet news site.

The high tensions come after Israeli security forces arrested the West Bank head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group in Jenin last night.

Bassem Saadi was taken in along with his son-in-law and aide Ashraf al-Jada. Another member of the terror group, 17-year-old Dirar al-Kafrayni, was killed in a gun battle with troops.

Palestinian reports said Saadi was hurt after being bitten by a military dog during his arrest. The Israel Defense Forces in response leaks images to reporters ostensibly showing Saadi in good condition, with the aim of calming tensions.

In response to Saadi’s arrest, the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad announced it was declaring a state of “alertness” and raising its fighters’ “readiness.”

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