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Iran proxy Islamic Jihad seen resuming ops in West Bank

RAMALLAH — The Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad has renewed operations in the West Bank.


On Jan. 20, a Jihad gunman opened fire toward an Israel Army position. The Palestinian operative, identified as Salem Samoudi, was killed when soldiers returned fire.

The sources said this marked the second Jihad attack in less than two weeks in the West Bank. On Jan. 8, Khaldoun Samoudi, was killed during an attack on a crossing point along the border of Israel and the West Bank, Middle East Newsline reported. The organization has not executed a major attack since 2006.

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Israeli military sources said Jihad was believed to have been organizing a renewal of operations in the West Bank. They said Jihad operatives were believed to have amassed weapons and formed cells for attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians.

"The Palestinian Islamic Jihad mainly operates from the northern region of Judea and Samaria," a military source said. "In recent years, there has been a decrease in the organization's activity in the area as a result of efforts by the security forces against the Jihad terror infrastructure."

The sources said Israel pressured the PA to arrest other Jihad operatives believed linked to the Samoudis. They said at least three Jihad agents were arrested by PA intelligence agencies in the Jenin area.

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