First Published:   01:08 , 01.15.07
Latest Update:   07:14 , 01.15.07


Attack Foiled
Photo: Tsafrir Abayov Erez crossing (Archive) Photo: Tsafrir Abayov
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IDF thwarts Gaza terror attack

Two Palestinians approach security fence near Karni crossing in Gaza, shot and killed by IDF soldiers. IDF officials believe suspects intended to place explosive device in area
Hanan Greenberg

IDF soldiers shot and killed Sunday night two Palestinians who were detected crawling in the direction of the security fence near the Erez crossing in northern Gaza.


At about 11:30 p.m. Givati Brigade soldiers identified two suspects moving towards the fence. The force fired at the suspects, and loud explosions were consequently heard, indicating that the men were apparently carrying explosives.


IDF sources believe the Palestinians planned to place an explosive device near the crossing.


In a cabinet meeting Sunday, Minister for Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman, Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eliyahu Yishai, and Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Jacob Edery voiced their objection to Israel's continuing restraint in the face of Palestinian violations of ceasefire declared between the two sides a month ago.


"Since the ceasefire over 100 Qassams were fired at Israel," said Lieberman, demanding the government approve a large-scale ground operation against terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.