KFAR DAROM – IDF forces shot and killed an Islamic Jihad member Saturday afternoon after Palestinian terrorists attacked an army post in the Gaza Strip settlement of Kfar Darom.
A Fatah terrorist was reportedly wounded in the attack. No soldiers were hurt in the incident and no damage was reported.
The Palestinians identified the dead man as 23-year-old Anwar al-Atawi from Gaza.
According to Palestinian sources, four terrorists belonging to the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and Islamic Jihad opened fire at an IDF post in Kfar Darom. Troops promptly returned fire, killing one of the attackers.
Meanwhile, army sources confirmed the reports. Officials said a group of armed Palestinians approached Kfar Darom and one of them opened fire at the post. The other attackers were apparently able to flee the scene.
IDF officials have not rejected the possibility that the terror cell was planning to stage an attack on settlers. The Palestinians also believe that was the terror cell’s original intention.
In a press conference, representatives of the two Palestinian factions involved in the failed attack said, "It was a response to continued violations of the cease-fire and the destruction and desecration of the Quran and Meggido Prison."
The groups promised more retaliatory attacks for what they said were Israeli cease-fire violations, including the continued imprisonment of Palestinian terrorists.
Yet, at the very same time, they said the calm would continue.
IDF foils arms smuggling attempts
Earlier Saturday, IDF soldiers at West Bank roadblocks foiled two arms smuggling attempts by Palestinian boys.
One teenager was found in possession of a Molotov cocktail after his bag was searched at the Kalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem, while another teenager who attempted to smuggle an M-16 rifle magazine filled with bullets was arrested at the Hawara roadblock south of Nablus