Islamic Jihad calls for 'popular resistance' against Israel in West Bank

The call comes amid the IDF's ongoing Operation Breaking Dawn against Gaza and reports of IDF operations against Palestinian Islamic Jihad forces in the West Bank.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants participate in a military show in Gaza City (photo credit: MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants participate in a military show in Gaza City
(photo credit: MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS)

A senior member of the Gaza-based terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Muhammad al-Hindi, has called for Palestinians in the West Bank to rise up against Israel, saying "the West Bank must start with a popular resistance," Israeli media reported early Sunday morning amid the IDF's ongoing Operation Breaking Dawn.

IDF operations in the West Bank

This comes amid reports of ongoing IDF operations against Palestinian Islamic Jihad forces in the West Bank.

Earlier Sunday morning, Israeli media reported that the IDF arrested Nasser Amor, a senior member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, at his home in the village of Anza, southwest of Jenin.

The IDF also reportedly arrested senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad member Sheikh Bassam Diab near Jenin, N12 reported early Sunday morning, citing Palestinian reports.

Israeli forces have also reportedly been operating in the West Bank city of Nablus, according to N12, citing Palestinian media.

 A salvo of rockets is fired from Gaza City toward Israel, on August 6, 2022.  (credit: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/GETTY IMAGES) A salvo of rockets is fired from Gaza City toward Israel, on August 6, 2022. (credit: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Operation Breaking Dawn

All this comes as the IDF has been carrying out Operation Breaking Dawn against Palestinian Islamic Jihad forces in the Gaza Strip since Friday. This follows Israeli security forces arresting Bassem al-Saadi, the head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, and his son-in-law Ashraf Zidan Molmad Aljada overnight on Monday during a raid in Jenin. Following this, Israel's South was put on alert, especially in the Gaza border area, with restrictions put in place amid fears of possible retaliation from the Gaza-based terrorist group.

Over 350 rockets have also since been fired into Israel from Gaza, with sirens and explosions even being heard in central Israel cities like Tel Aviv.

Currently, the IDF operation is still ongoing, with the Israeli military claiming that, to the best of its knowledge, it has succeeded in taking out all senior members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.