Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian militant who opened fire at them while attempting to infiltrate into Israel from Gaza early Sunday, the IDF said.
“IDF lookouts spotted an armed terrorist approaching the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement. “The terrorist opened fire towards IDF troops, who returned fire, neutralizing the terrorist.”
An Israeli tank fired at a post belonging to Hamas in response to the attempted infiltration. No Israelis were hurt in the fire exchange.
The incident follows a serious security incident on the southern border that took place in the early hours of Saturday morning, during which IDF troops shot dead four heavily armed Palestinians who attempted to breach the border into Israel.
“We stopped a very large and significant terrorist attack,” said IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, who said the four operatives were spotted at 4:00 am approaching the security fence along the border.
Manelis said all four were wearing uniforms and armed with weapons, food, wire cutters, and a medical kit. The weapons included AK-47 assault rifles, RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) launchers, and hand grenades.
One of the four climbed the fence and threw a grenade at a Golani Brigade soldier. In response, all four operatives were shot and killed. No Israeli troops were injured in the incident.
Hamas claimed three of the four operatives were not infiltrators or attackers, but instead were simply monitors at the border pursuing the fourth man to stop him from trying to carry out an attack.
“We are still not sure if they were targeting troops or civilians, but we are clear that this was a planned attack,” Manelis said in response. “You don’t wake up one day and plan to carry out an attack and arm yourself with all these weapons.
[Sources: The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Press, Israel Hayom]