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Israel nabs top Islamic Jihad terrorist

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The terrorist was identified as Tareq Qa'adan.

According to the army, the tunnel had been under surveillance the entire time that it was inside Israeli territory and did not pose a threat to civilians. A total of 14 terrorists were killed in the aftermath of the tunnel collapse, including two senior Islamic Jihad field commanders.

Islamic Jihad, on their part, has sent instructions to their followers to commit a major terrorist attack against Israel as soon as possible.

Channel 2 news, citing high-ranking military officials, said the army deployed the batteries countrywide, especially in central Israel, and tightened security on the Gaza border after Islamic Jihad threatened to avenge the killing of 10 of the group's fighters when Israel destroyed a cross-border tunnel on Oct 31.

"There are those who still amuse themselves these days by trying to renew attacks against Israel", Netanyahu remarked at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.

The group condemned the arrest, calling it the "latest escalation" by occupation forces against its members and the Palestinian people.

On Saturday, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who runs the Defense Ministry's chief liaison office with the Palestinians, publicly warned Islamic Jihad in a video posted to YouTube.

In his YouTube message, Mordechai referred to those reconciliation efforts, saying the Palestinian Islamic Jihad was "playing with fire" and potentially threatening them, as well as the safety of Gaza Strip residents. He said Israel holds Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, responsible for attacks launched from the territory. The IDF reinforced its units as the tensions along the Israel-Gaza border mount. This arrest may have been a preventive action against a pending attack in the Samaria area.