Security cabinet meets for three hours, as Hamas renews threats

Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya warned that the ceasefire signed with Israel at the end of August was coming to an end soon.

Palestinians take part in a rally marking the 31st anniversary of Hamas' founding, in Gaza City (photo credit: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS)
Palestinians take part in a rally marking the 31st anniversary of Hamas' founding, in Gaza City
(photo credit: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS)
The security cabinet met for three hours on Wednesday evening and discussed the southern and northern fronts, as Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist groups have increased threats towards Israel in recent days, according to Army Radio.

Ministers who were present at the meeting said that it was "very interesting" and that the southern front is the most "explosive" while the northern front is the most dangerous, according to Army Radio.
The IDF conducted a large-scale multi-front exercise on Sunday morning, simulating war with Hezbollah.
The meeting comes amid renewed reports of incendiary and explosive balloon being launched from the Gaza Strip. The PIJ and Hamas have also published threats against Israel in recent days concerning the deteriorating condition of Palestinian Maher al-Akhras, who has been on a hunger strike for over 90 days.
The PIJ announced a general call-up of its forces on Saturday night, citing Akhras's condition as the reason.
The death of a Palestinian teenager on Sunday during a pursuit by IDF forces also garnered condemnations and threats from the terrorist groups. While the IDF reported that the boy fainted and died without soldiers coming into contact with him, Palestinian officials claimed that IDF forces beat him to death.
Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya warned on Wednesday that the deadline set by Hamas to implement understandings reached as part of a ceasefire signed with Israel at the end of August was approaching soon, according to Palestinian media.
Shortly after the ceasefire was signed in August, Hamas officials issued an ultimatum to Israel to implement the agreed-upon understandings within two months or have the ceasefire end. That period ends in about two days.
Al-Hayya warned that Hamas "will not be more patient."
Explosive and incendiary balloons were spotted in southern Israel on Monday. Except for sporadic balloon launches in September, they had largely stopped since the ceasefire was reached in August.
In response to the balloon launches in August, Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, warned that such launches would be met with "forceful" responses.
Anna Ahronheim contributed to this report.