Following rearrest of Islamic Jihad member, IDF prepared 'for any developments'

No concrete indications of a Gaza escalation, according to security assessments; Iron Dome deployed to Ashdod.

September 17, 2015 16:57
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The IDF’s Southern Command is prepared for “any developments” following the rearrest of Islamic Jihad member Muhammad Allan, security sources said Thursday.

However, there are no concrete indications of an impending security escalation from Gaza, according to army evaluations.

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The IDF deployed an Iron Dome anti-rocket battery on the outskirts of the southern city of Ashdod, Channel 10 reported on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has declared this coming Friday to be “a day of rage” in response to recent unrest on the Temple Mount.

Palestinians launched riots on the Temple Mount and in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City earlier this week.

Last week, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon issued a decree outlawing violent Islamist radical groups from entering the holy site.

Allan, a member of Islamic Jihad who went on a life-threatening hunger strike until the High Court of Justice suspended his administrative detention last month, was rearrested on Wednesday as he exited Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon after being restored to health. He has threatened to resume his strike if replaced in administrative detention.

The Israel Prisons Service said Allan was already in its custody at Nitzan Prison.

Jamal Hatib of Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, said Allan’s confinement under administrative detention is illegal, because the state did not undertake a new evaluation of his status, as required by the High Court decision in August.

“We and Allan will consider filing another petition” with the High Court against the new administrative detention, Hatib said.

In late August, the High Court of Justice ordered Allan’s release from administrative detention due to his deteriorating medical condition and the suspicion that his brain had been damaged.

Ben Hartman and Yonah Jeremy Bob contributed to this report.

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