Israeli forces on high alert over fear of violence with Palestinians

Israeli forces have been placed on high alert near the Gaza Strip on Tuesday over fears of escalation following the killing of a Palestinian man.

Local media reported that an Islamic Jihad leader was also arrested in the West Bank overnight.

Roads near the Palestinian enclave were reportedly blocked and the train service in the southern city of Ashkelon also suspended following fear of possible anti-tank, rocket or sniper fires from Gaza.

Activities in local Israeli schools and colleges were cancelled.

The Erez Crossing, the only pedestrian passage between Gaza and Israel, was also temporarily shut down.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s office announced in a statement that Lapid called a special security assessment meeting with Defense Minister Benny Gantz and other senior military and security officials.

At least one Palestinian was killed and another was injured during a raid by Israeli forces in the northern West Bank city of Jenin overnight, the Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the incident.

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