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Military liaison to the Palestinians tells Gazans PIJ doesn’t have their interests in mind

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

COGAT head Maj. Gen. Ghassan Alian in a video message to Gazans on August 5, 2022. (Screen capture/COGAT)
COGAT head Maj. Gen. Ghassan Alian in a video message to Gazans on August 5, 2022. (Screen capture/COGAT)

In an Arabic-language video, the military’s liaison to the Palestinians says Islamic Jihad doesn’t care about the consequences of its plans to attack Israel.

“Residents of the Gaza Stip, over the past four days, Islamic Jihad has insisted on mounting a terror attack against Israel, with no regard for the resulting civic and security implications in the Gaza Strip,” says Maj. Gen. Ghassan Alian.

“The IDF has struck those who attempted to destabilize the area’s security. We shall not permit the security of Israel to be harmed,” he says.

“The responsibility rests with Hamas. Is it more concerned with helping the residents of Gaza, or with helping dissident organizations?” Alian adds.

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