As Israeli forces go on high alert after Faqha killing, Hamas may be looking to avoid a war

Israeli forces near the Gaza Strip have been placed on high alert, fearing retaliation from the Hamas terror group over the assassination of one of its top military leaders in Gaza on Friday night.

The alert was ordered Saturday by the IDF’s Southern Command.

Israel has not claimed responsibility for the killing of Mazen Faqha, a former prisoner in Israel who oversaw Hamas’s efforts to instigate terror attacks in the West Bank, but Hamas leaders have lined up to blame Israel for the killing throughout Saturday. Faqha was freed in the Gilad Shalit exchange deal in 2011; he had been serving multiple life terms for orchestrating a 2002 suicide bombing in which nine Israelis were killed.

At a mass funeral procession for Faqha Saturday afternoon in Gaza City, participants shouted, “Revenge, revenge!”

Hamas’s Gaza Attorney General Ismail Jaber also blamed Israel for the killing of Faqha, who was freed as part of the 2011 deal to release captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, and was deported to Gaza.

“This assassination has the clear marks of Mossad,” Jaber said.

Israeli forces near the Gaza Strip have been placed on high alert, fearing retaliation from the Hamas terror group over the assassination of one of its top military leaders in Gaza on Friday night.

The alert was ordered Saturday by the IDF’s Southern Command.

Israel has not claimed responsibility for the killing of Mazen Faqha, a former prisoner in Israel who oversaw Hamas’s efforts to instigate terror attacks in the West Bank, but Hamas leaders have lined up to blame Israel for the killing throughout Saturday. Faqha was freed in the Gilad Shalit exchange deal in 2011; he had been serving multiple life terms for orchestrating a 2002 suicide bombing in which nine Israelis were killed.

At a mass funeral procession for Faqha Saturday afternoon in Gaza City, participants shouted, “Revenge, revenge!”

Hamas’s Gaza Attorney General Ismail Jaber also blamed Israel for the killing of Faqha, who was freed as part of the 2011 deal to release captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, and was deported to Gaza.

“This assassination has the clear marks of Mossad,” Jaber said.

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