Is another Israel-Gaza war looming?

A Palestinian rides a motorcycle past a billboard bearing the portraits of Mohammed Abu Shamala (2nd-R) and Raed al-Attar (L), commanders of Hamas, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on January 19, 2018. (AFP)

Palestinian, Arab and Israeli media are talking about the looming possibility of another war between Israel and Gaza. The Arabic Daily Al Hayat says that the Gaza Strip is preparing for a confrontation with Israel within the next few days.

According to the report, Palestinian factions, Hamas being chief among them, assess the chances of war with Israel "at 95 percent" and assume it could erupt within hours or days.

Sources that have met with Yahya Sinwar, Hamas' political leader in Gaza, say that Palestinian factions believe that Israel will use a training exercise planned on the southern front to open a military operation against Hamas.

The report further said that the military wing of Hamas has declared a state of high alert, evacuating sites and headquarters and even deploying roadblocks across the Gaza Strip.

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