Israeli forces on high alert for fear of violence escalation with Palestinians-Xinhua

Israeli forces on high alert for fear of violence escalation with Palestinians

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2022-08-02 18:37:00

JERUSALEM, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Israeli forces were on high alert near the Gaza Strip on Tuesday for fear of escalation following the killing of a Palestinian man and the arrest of an Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank overnight.

Roads near the Palestinian enclave were blocked and the train service in the southern city of Ashkelon were suspended following fear of possible anti-tank, rocket or sniper fires from Gaza.

Activities in local Israeli schools and colleges were canceled. The Erez Crossing, the only pedestrian passage between Gaza and Israel, was also temporarily shut down.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid's office announced in a statement that Lapid called a special security assessment meeting with Defense Minister Benny Gantz and other senior military and security officials.

At least one Palestinian was killed and another was injured during a raid by Israeli forces in northern West Bank city of Jenin overnight, Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed.

Meanwhile, Israel's border police announced in a statement the arrest of two Palestinian suspects in Jenin and confiscation of a handgun, magazines, bullets and cash.

Israel's state-owned Kan TV news identified one of the two Palestinians arrested as Bassam al-Saadi, a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group.