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Israeli soldiers block roads near the border with the Gaza Strip

Girding for Response to Arrest of PIJ Member, IDF Orders Closure of Gaza-Area Roads

The Israeli military ordered the closure of several main highways along the Gaza border on Tuesday morning, August 2, in a precautionary step against possible attacks from the coastal enclave, hours after the arrest of a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group in the West Bank.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the decision was made following a situational assessment during which the army identified an uptick in activity by fighters tied to Islamic Jihad that posed “a direct threat of a possible attack on Israeli civilians.”

The closed highways included Route 4 from Zikim Junction to the Erez Crossing; Route 34 from Yad Mordechai Junction to Nir Am Junction; and Route 232 from Nir Am Junction to the Kerem Shalom Crossing; and the access roads for farmers west of Route 232.

The army also shut Zikim Beach near the Gaza border and began blocking traffic between Ashkelon and Sderot. (TOI / VFI News)

When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. - Luke 11:21