IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz decided Monday morning to
significantly beef up military forces along Israel's southern border
with the Gaza Strip and Egypt in wake of intelligence information that
Palestinian terrorists were planning a large attack against Israel.
to the intelligence warning, Islamic Jihad terrorists were plotting the
attack. Israel has in the past said that it views Hamas as responsible
for all terror that originates in the Gaza Strip.RELATED:Analysis: IDF prepared for a different
The IDF updated the Egyptian military about the decision early Monday morning.
The order came almost two weeks after eight people were killed in a
three-stage terrorist attack
along Israel’s border with Egypt.
Last week, Gantz instituted new defensive measures
along Israel's border with Egypt, in the wake of intelligence
indicating that additional Palestinian terror groups were planning
attacks like the one carried out on April 18 by the Popular Resistance
Gantz's orders went into effect Wednesday afternoon, and included a
bolstering of defensive measures along the border with Egypt as well as a
stronger emphasis on collection of intelligence by the IDF in Gaza as
well as in Sinai in an effort to locate and track terrorists that may be
planning attacks against Israel.