Explosive belt (Archive photo)
Photo: Amir Cohen
Security forces on Tuesday night killed a terrorist who tried to infiltrate Israel from the northern Gaza Strip with an explosive belt. The terrorist was shot shortly after crossing the border fence south of the Karni crossin, and his body was later transferred back to the Gaza Strip.
The details of the incident and its circumstances have not been cleared for publication by the defense establishment and the Israel Defense Forces. No details were given on the terrorist and on his organization.
According to military sources, the incident illustrates the high motivation among terror organizations in the Strip to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets.
According to the sources, although recently terror organizations have begun referring to the Gaza Strip border fence as "the wall of death," in light of the large number of terrorists killed there since the disengagement plan, there are still attempts to cross the fence.
IDF sources said that the explosive belt found on the terrorist's body was ready to be activated, and that the terrorist apparently planned to detonate himself in a crowded place.
Since Hamas' rise to power, the cooperation between the IDF and the Palestinian security forces has stopped, and IDF soldiers have been carrying our operations inside the Gaza Strip in a bid to thwart terror activities near the fence and prevent the firing of Qassam rockets at the western Negev.