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Report: 2 killed as IDF tanks fire at observation post in Gaza
Israeli army attacks observation post in southern strip after Palestinians plant an explosive device hidden in cutting tool near border fence; Two Islamic Jihad members likely killed, one person seriously wounded, Palestinian sources say.
IDF tanks fired at an observation post in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday morning. According to Palestinian sources, two people—likely members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad—were killed in the strike, and one person was seriously wounded.

 

 

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said the shells were fired in response to an explosive device planted near the border fence on Saturday evening and hidden in a cutting tool.

 

Explosive device neutralized on Gaza border (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
Explosive device neutralized on Gaza border (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

 

The explosive charge exploded as it was being neutralized by a robot. There were no reports of injuries among the IDF forces. The attacked observation post overlooks the area where the device was planted and detonated.

 

An Islamic Jihad source said following the strike, "We know how to respond to this dangerous Israeli escalation, and we have a right to do so."

 

Explosive device neutralized by IDF robot (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)    (צילום: דובר צה"ל)

Explosive device neutralized by IDF robot (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

On Saturday night, the Israeli army struck targets in a Hamas military complex in retaliation to a Palestinian infiltration into Israel earlier Saturday.

 

Repeated attempts to damage Israeli security infrastructures near the border under cover of protests organized by Hamas may have also served as backdrop for Saturday night's strike.

 

explosive device hidden in a cutting tool (Photo: IDF Spokpeserson's Unit)
explosive device hidden in a cutting tool (Photo: IDF Spokpeserson's Unit)

 

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement that it "gravely considers continued daily attempts by the Hamas terror group to damage security infrastructures in Israel, while threatening the safety of both soldiers and civilians, and is determined to continuing to defend Israel's citizens."

 

The army then added its usual refrain, that "Hamas was solely responsible for all goings-on in the Gaza Strip and will face the ramifications of the terroristic activities carried out from Gaza against Israel's citizens and its sovereignty."

 

Hamas footage of the Palestinians' infiltration

Hamas footage of the Palestinians' infiltration

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

The infiltration incident mentioned in the IDF's comment took place earlier Saturday, when four Palestinians crossed the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip and infiltrated Israeli territory, where they lit a Molotov cocktail as part of the "March of Return" protests.

 

An IDF force that spotted them arrived and fired warning shots. The IDF initially reported that the suspects burned a tire on Israeli land, but later recanted the claim.

 

Apart from the incendiary bottle, it was reported the suspects left a tent in the field bearing the writing, "March of Return. Returning to the lands of Palestine." It was further communicated the entire incident lasted less than a minute.

 

Several days ago, Israeli jets attacked a Hamas terror tunnel in the northern strip. Two additional targets belonging to the Gaza-ruling terror group's naval force were also hit.

 

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said the strike came in retaliation to an infiltration by Gazans into Israel the previous day, and in light of "continued attempts to fly drones and kites into Israel for the purposes of terrorism and arson."

 


פרסום ראשון: 05.27.18, 09:40
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