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Masked fighters from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's military wing "Saraya Al-Quds" or "Jerusalem Brigades" take part in a military drill.

The IDF says it believes the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group in Gaza is planning a major attack – or a series of attacks – on Israel in the coming hours or days.

The move is apparently a bid to scrap the “calm” between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, worked out by Egyptian and United Nations mediators.


PIJ operatives appear to be carrying out directives received either from Iran, or from the Beirut office of PIJ leader Ziyad Nahala. PIJ terrorists were responsible for the five rockets that were fired at southern Israel on Sunday morning, according to the IDF.

Israeli security officials said they spotted unusual activity by PIJ operatives at several different locations along the Gaza border security fence during the day on Monday. Security personnel said the terrorists may have been planting explosives, attempting to damage the fence or setting up rocket launchers. They added that it appeared that Hamas was unaware of the activities.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.