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IDF foils terror attack on Netiv Ha'asara
Soldiers shoot and kill three terrorists attempting to climb Gaza security fence near Israeli community

IDF forces and security officers from Netiv Ha'asara foiled on Monday an attempt by terrorists to infiltrate the community, located just north of Gaza.

 

At around 11:30 pm, soldiers spotted three Palestinians climbing on the security fence and opened fire, killing the three would-be attackers.

 

The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed responsibility for the infiltration attempt. An organization spokesman told Ynet, "It was planned to be a suicide attack."

 

IDF officials estimated that the three planned to climb the wall using a ladder or a different device in order to carry out a terror attack in Israel. They were carrying weapons, including rifles and grenades.

 

Meanwhile, Palestinian sources reported that two Hamas members were killed and two were injured in exchanges of fire with an IDF force near the Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis.

  

Earlier on Monday, Israeli communities surrounding the Strip were hit with a heavy barrage of some 20 mortar shells. No injuries were reported in the attacks. Also, a Qassam rocket fired by Palestinians in north Gaza landed in a western Negev kibbutz, but no injuries were reported in that attack either.

 

Prior to the infiltration, Netiv Ha'asara's security coordinator, Gil Ta'asa, told Ynet that the situation in the area was tense.

 

Following repeated attacks on the community, the IDF began operating against the terrorists, who as a result began directing their fire toward army bases and other facilities near the Erez crossing.

 

"It's a shame that the government is not giving the IDF permission to act freely," Ta'sa said. "However, as of late we have seen a reduction in the attacks on our community, but we are prepared for any scenario."

 

Shmulik Hadad and Ali Waked contributed to the report

 

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