A 15-year-old Palestinian boy was arrested this week in the northern Gaza Strip after he attempted to carry out an attack against soldiers operating in the area.
According to information released on Thursday by the IDF, the youth approached the soldiers of a Golani unit carrying two explosive devices.
The soldiers overpowered the Palestinian boy, who was arrested and remanded for interrogation.
"The thwarting of this attack illustrates how teenagers in the Gaza Strip are involved in terror activities and are sent by terror groups to carry out operations, including ones from which they may not return alive," an IDF officer told Ynet. "The recruitment to terror groups does not start at age 18."
The officer added that the death of three Palestinian children on Wednesday by an IDF shell fired at rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip was not coincidental, accusing terror groups of making a cynical use of Palestinian children to carry out attacks against Israel.
Efrat Weiss contributed to this report