“Footage shared on social media shows 62-year-old Bassam al-Saadi, who has bounced in and out of Israeli prisons for at least two decades, being dragged on the ground by Israeli forces in Jenin. Israel fears this might trigger a reaction from Gaza”

With Islamic Jihad Leader’s Arrest, Israel Stops West Bank Threat but Risks Another in Gaza
Amos Harel
August 2, 2022

Islamic Jihad returned to the headlines Tuesday when Bassam al-Saadi, the head of the organization in the Jenin area, was arrested in an operation by the Border Police’s undercover unit; there was a heavy exchange of fire. An aide to Saadi was also arrested in the raid, and a 17-year-old was killed. Sources in the West Bank said he was a member of an armed unit. The incident prompted extraordinary precautionary measures in Israeli communities near Gaza amid fears of a possible retaliation on Israel launched from the Strip, which is controlled by Hamas. READ MORE

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