Batteries deployed in case Islamic Jihad, other Gaza terrorist groups, retaliate for destruction of terror tunnel.

Iron Dome batteries were deployed in several locations in the center of the country, as part of preparations for the expected response of terrorist organizations to the IDF's destruction of a terror tunnel leading from Gaza into Israel last month.

The IDF has recently stepped up its forces against the Gaza Strip in order to deal quickly with an act of revenge by the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, which lost a senior member and several other operatives in the destruction of the tunnel.

Major General Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), on Saturday night warned the terrorist organizations in Gaza that Israel will respond to any act of retaliation for the destruction of the terror tunnel.

"We are aware of the plot being waged by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad against Israel. They are playing with fire on the backs of the residents of the Gaza Strip and at the expense of internal Palestinian reconciliation and the region as a whole,” Mordechai said in an Arabic-language video he posted to YouTube.

"It should be clear," he added, "that for every Islamic Jihad response, wherever it is, Israel will respond with force and determination, not only to the Jihad but also to Hamas."

"We advise the Islamic Jihad leadership in Damascus to exercise caution and control matters,” continued Mordechai.

"The commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Damascus and the leaders of the organization - Ramadan Shalah and Ziad Nakhla - take matters quickly into your hands because you are the ones who will bear responsibility," he stressed.