IDF foils 'large-scale terror attack'

Officials say attack thwarted as troops spot gunmen planting bomb near Gaza fence, IAF hits getaway car.

February 23, 2009 10:38
IDF foils 'large-scale terror attack'

gaza attack 224.88. (photo credit: AP)


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IDF soldiers foiled a large-scale attack at the Kissufim border crossing against troops or a southern Israeli community, security officials said on Monday. The attempted attack came early Monday morning, when a Golani force spotted two Palestinians laying explosive devices near the border crossing. The soldiers crossed into Gaza and exchanged fire with the armed men, who fled. The Golani force then summoned an IAF aircraft, which attacked a car on the scene, apparently the escape vehicle used by the gunmen. Palestinians reported two people lightly wounded following the attack, and said a building was also struck. The Islamic Jihad maintained through its website that the attack was an effort to abduct IDF soldiers. The group said its gunmen stormed a Gaza house in which IDF special forces were positioned, before the IAF fired missiles at the site. Meanwhile, Gaza terrorists fired two Kassam rockets at southern Israeli civilian areas on Monday. One hit an open area in the Sha'ar Hanegev region, while the other landed in a field near Sderot. No one was wounded and no damage was reported.

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