Body of Eid Hjazi.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
The Israeli Air Force bombed a motorbike in the Gaza Strip on
Sunday, striking a global jihad terrorist who the Shin Bet (Israel
Security Agency) said had been plotting a terror attack along the
Egyptian border for weeks. Palestinian hospital officials said the
man, Ahmed Ismail, 22, was seriously injured, and his assistant, Eid Okel Hjazi, a 19-year-old from Rafah, was killed.
sources said the terrorist was Ahmed Said Ismail, 22, from the Gaza Strip.
They said he was part of the group that carried out the attack in June that killed an Israeli workman, and was in the midst of planning another attack against Israel along the border.
sources said it was possible the strike thwarted the terror attack. IDF
spokesman Brigadier Gen. Yoav Mordechai said they were in the "advanced
and final stages of launching an attack on the Eilat - Egyptian
Military sources added that global jihad elements were
taking advantage of regional instability, in particular in Egypt and
Syria, to create infrastructure that can be used to attack Israel.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement praising the IDF and the Shin Bet for the "precise operation" in Gaza.
"All those who intend to harm us should know our long arm will reach them," he said.
is increasingly concerned with the presence of global jihad operatives
in the Sinai Peninsula and their ties with Palestinian terrorists in the
Several terror cells are believed to consist of
Palestinians from the Gaza Strip as well as global jihad operatives from
various Arab countries throughout the Middle East.
the Counter-Terrorism Bureau urged Israeli tourists in Sinai
to Israel immediately because terrorists are planning to abduct Israelis
from the peninsula.