Israeli forces gear up for possible escalation during Ramadan

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AMMAN — According to an Israeli news outlet, the occupation forces are preparing for a “real escalation” in the lead-up to the month of Ramadan, which will begin in a month and a half.اضافة اعلان

These measures follow a recent assessment conducted by the Israeli security forces showing that the number of warnings of clashes with Palestinians has tripled in recent weeks compared to the same period last year.

The Israeli outlet attributed the spike in warnings to the increased activities of the Israeli armed forces in recent weeks in the West Bank, including in Jenin and Jericho.

Israeli deploymentsOne preventive measure that the Israeli forces intend to take during the next month is to reinforce field deployments, according to the news outlet.

During the next two weeks, the occupation army will deploy additional field offensive units “in order to thwart clashes”, the Israeli outlet stated. In the two weeks following, as Ramadan draws near, two or three reinforcement battalions will be added.

The main fears of the Israeli forces are that clashes during the month of Ramadan will expand beyond the borders of the West Bank and also reach Jerusalem — where the activities of the Israeli forces could further escalate the situation, the outlet said.

Far-reaching concernsFears of an expected escalation prevail not only among Israelis, but also within the US administration, which recently sent a delegation of officials to the occupied Palestinian Territories to meet with both sides and encourage de-escalation.

The head of the CIA, William Burns, who visited Israel two weeks ago, warned last week that the tensions between Israel and the Palestinians resembles the violent period that preceded the Second Intifada.

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