IAF strike in Gaza kills terrorist

Islamic Jihad operative dies, another hurt in joint IDF-Shin Bet operation.

IDF tanks near Gaza 311 (photo credit: Associated Press)
IDF tanks near Gaza 311
(photo credit: Associated Press)

In a jointoperation of the IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) on Thursday morning,the IAF bombed a terror cell that was trying to carry out an attack by the GazaStrip’s Karni crossing.

A known 26-year-old Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative, Fares Ahmed Jaber, who was involved in firing rockets at Israel, wasapparently killed in the attack, the army said. Another terrorist, who was involved in an attempt to execute a terror attack was also targeted and wounded.
The IDF strike came in response to an attack by Palestinian gunmen who hadfired on army patrol jeeps earlier Thursday morning along Gaza’s border.
In that incident, the soldiers returned artillery and rifle fire in thedirection of the gunmen.

No soldiers were hurt in the attack, but the Palestinian Ma’an news agencyreported that shrapnel from the IDF artillery injured three children in the El-Bureijrefugee camp.

The IDF said in astatement that it “will continue to work with determination and power againstany person or group that uses terror against the state of Israel, and holds Hamas exclusivelyresponsible for keeping the quiet in the Strip.”

Earlier in the morning, Hamas announced that operative Muhammad SaidHassuneh, from the Ash-Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza, was killed during a "jihad" mission.