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Israeli army on alert after arrest of Islamic Jihad senior official

The IDF has reopened some of the roads blocked off near Gaza, but soldiers remain ready for trouble.
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The IDF remains on high alert this evening after yesterday's dramatic arrest of Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander Bassem Saadi in the West Bank.

This morning, the army closed several main roads in the Gaza envelope, setting up checkpoints to control traffic there. All the villages and kibbutzim along the Gaza border have alternative exit routes with the exception of Kerem Shalom and Kibbutz Nahal Oz. These two communities were entirely blockaded today due to the security restrictions. Later in the day, some of the checkpoints were removed and some of the roads reopened. Still, the IDF warns the risk of an attack by Gaza Islamic Jihad militants remains high.

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