Hamas and other Palestinian organizations believe there is a “95 percent chance” that Israel will launch a war as part of an IDF exercise in Southern Israel in the coming days, according to a report published by Al-Hayat on Sunday, quoting sources from various factions in the Gaza Strip, including Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar. The terrorist organization, which controls the Gaza Strip, as well as other organizations, declared a shift to the highest level of alert and evacuated most of their command echelon from their

facilities in the Palestinian enclave. Hamas also placed police and security forces around the Gaza Strip, in fear of an escalation. The report claims a potential war would involve Israeli combat units across ground, naval and air forces. Sinwar was arrested in 1989 and sentenced to four life sentences for terrorist activities but freed in 2011 in a swap of 1,047 Palestinian security prisoners for abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. READ MORE