Islamic Jihad Leader Detained By IDF In West Bank

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Islamic Jihad Leader Detained By IDF In West Bank

Palestinian leaders of the Islamic Jihad movement in the West Bank, Jaafar Ezzeddine (R) and Tariq Qaadan (C) answer journalists’ questions after their release from an Israeli prison in the West Bank city of Jalama, near Jenin, on May 8, 2013.. (photo credit:SAIF DAHLAH / AFP)

The IDF arrested an Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank on November 13 morning, an IDF spokesperson said in a statement.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the person in question is Tariq Qa’adan, arrested for his “activities” in Islamic Jihad.

“This unjust arrest of the leader Qa’adan is a part of the occupation’s latest escalation against Islamic Jihad and our people,” Islamic Jihad said in statement, according to Palestine Today.

This arrest follows the statement by Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major Gen. Yoav (Poli) Mordechai issued on November 11, in which he warned Islamic Jihad against escalating the situation.

“We are aware of the plot being waged by Palestinian Islamic Jihad against Israel. They are playing with fire with the residents of the Gaza Strip and at the expense of Palestinian reconciliation and the entire region,” said Mordechai.

The Islamic Jihad responded to the threats to their leadership a “declaration of war”.

On October 30th, the IDF blew up a tunnel via a series of airstrikes near the border of the Gaza Strip, an act the Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed killed 12 members of the group.

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