The IDF on Tuesday released information about an attempted border crossing by the Hamas terror group during riots on Monday.
According to the IDF, on Monday afternoon, when the IDF confronted violent disturbances along the border fence, an intelligence alert was received that a Hamas squad was planning to place an explosive charge on the fence to allow for a mass infiltration into Israel.
Troops of the IDF’s Magellan commando unit stationed themselves opposite the expected attack point in the northern Gaza Strip. When the squad of eight terrorists emerged from amidst the violent demonstration which was taking place, two armored IDF vehicles drove over the fence and were attacked by the group with pipe bombs and hand grenades.
The troops then engaged the terrorists, opening fire at them from Israeli territory while a tank and IAF aircraft struck the terrorists' position. All eight terrorists were killed.
A commander in the unit commented on the incident: "Yesterday, during a violent riot, which included the burning of tires, throwing of pipe bombs and throwing of stones, we saw shots fired at our forces and realized that Hamas operatives were the ones who carried out the shooting. Due to this, the crowd dispersed, and I gave an order to fire. The fighters were operating professionally, with great courage and precision, and prevented a significant shooting attack on our forces.”
[Source: The Jerusalem Post]