IDF vehicle along Gaza border fence 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Two Palestinian men whom the IDF shot at the security fence separating northern
Gaza from Israel on Monday night were sabotaging the barrier and had made a hole
in it, a senior security source said Tuesday. The suspects entered a forbidden
security zone on the border, prompting the IDF to send infantry and Armored
Corps forces to the site.
Their ultimate intention was unclear, and the
IDF hasn’t definitively concluded that a terror attack had been thwarted. The
army believes one of the suspects was shot dead, based on reports from medical
sources in Gaza, but they did not retrieve a body and cannot confirm the
Additionally, the IDF does not have evidence to suggest that
the men were armed.
Since Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012
and the cease-fire with Hamas that ended the conflict, the southern border with
Gaza has been largely characterized by quiet, with sporadic
Last week, IDF soldiers operating around Kibbutz Kissufim,
near the border with southern Gaza, identified a mortar shell fired at them by
There were no injuries.
Earlier in September,
Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at the South, triggering
an air-raid siren shortly after 2 a.m. at the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. The
rocket hit an open area near the security fence, failing to cause injuries.
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