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Israel warns Gaza terror groups amid Jenin counter-terrorism operation

'Don't get involved because you're not the target,' reads warning to Hamas and Islamic Jihad

IDF Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division Brig.-Gen. Avi Blut (C) leading a military operation in Jenin. (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

Israel is warning the Gaza-based terror groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad against launching rockets amid the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) counter-terrorism operation in the West Bank city of Jenin

"Don't get involved because you're not the target. If you open fire, we will react severely. Any attack would be a mistake, and we will retaliate with all our might," read the official Israeli warning to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, according to the Israeli public broadcaster Kan 11 news. 

However, given the current political situation, Israel is preparing for potential rocket fire from Gaza against Israeli cities. 

The IDF launched a large-scale military operation overnight in the Jenin area, which has become a major hub for anti-Israel terrorism. Operation 'Home and Garden,' which involves the Israel Security Agency (ISA), Shin Bet, will focus on the significant terror infrastructure in the area. At least four terrorists have been killed so far in the ongoing Israeli counter-terror operation.

An unnamed Israeli diplomatic source revealed that the purpose of the operation was to "put an end to Jenin’s status as a refuge city for terrorism." The Jenin operation was reportedly approved 10 days ago and, for the time being, it is unclear how long it will last. 

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the Jenin operation was a proactive strategy to address the terror infrastructure in the area. 

“Over the past hours, our security forces have been operating against terror hotspots in the city of Jenin. In the face of terrorism, we will take a proactive and decisive approach. Anyone who harms the citizens of Israel, will pay a heavy price. We are closely watching the actions of our enemies and Israel’s defense establishment is prepared for every scenario. I commend the IDF and ISA for their determination and operations,” the defense minister said. 

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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