20 Oct, 2020
JERUSALEM WEATHER

The IDF killed four terrorists on Monday night as they planted explosives along the border fence separating Israel from Lebanon. 

“A short time ago, an IDF force foiled an attempt to place explosive devices along the border with Syria,” the army said in a statement.  “Special forces that were carrying out an ambush near an IDF post in the southern Golan Heights spotted a cell with a number of terrorists planting explosive devices along the border.”

The terrorists were entirely inside Israeli territory when the IDF neutralized them. 


The IDF reported that there were no Israeli casualties were reported while identifying the enemy as “former terrorists.”


The IDF is neutralizing the explosives the “former terrorists” planted, dismantling the bombs in order to determine their source.

While it remains unclear who sent the terrorists, Israel’s Channel 12 reported that according to Syrian media reports, the cell was operating on behalf of an Iranian militia.

The incident comes at a time when tensions in the area are high. Last Monday, the IDF thwarted an attack by Hezbollah fighters who crossed into Israeli territory near Har Dov. The IDF spotted them before they crossed the border and drove them back by firing towards them. The recent aggression by Hezbollah is said to be in retaliation for the death of one of its fighters last week in Syria in an airstrike that it attributed to Israel. 

Also on Monday night, sirens went off in southern Israel as a rocket was fired from Gaza. The Iron Dome system successfully intercepted the rocket 

“One [rocket] launch was detected from the territory of the Gaza Strip toward Israel, which was intercepted by aerial defense soldiers,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.


No casualties ro injuries were reported but several vehicles were reportedly damaged in the attack by rocket debris.  


The IDF responded with an airstrike targeting a cement factory used in the construction of underground infrastructure and “underground facilities used by the Hamas terror group.”

The IDF spokesman said in a statement that “the IDF takes all terrorist activity against Israeli territory very seriously and will continue to act as necessary against attempts to harm Israeli citizens. The terrorist organization Hamas bears responsibility for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip, and will bear the consequences of terrorist acts against Israeli citizens.”

The attack came shortly after Brig.-Gen. Nimrod Aloni took over commanding the Gaza Division from Brig.-Gen. Eliezer Toledano who served in the position for two years.

During my tenure as commander of the Gaza Division, the leaders of the terrorist organizations, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, pursued a strategy of intimidation and panic, firing rockets and mortar shells aimed at Israeli citizens,” Toledano said at the ceremony.

 “Hamas does not care about the children of the Gaza Strip. They must stop digging tunnels like wild animals and invest the concrete in building infrastructure for the homeless. They must stop manufacturing rockets and use pipes to build proper water and sewage infrastructure for their children. They must stop sowing launchers and harvest rockets and sow wheat and harvest grain,” he added.

The IDF reported on Thursday that a Hamas operative was captured as he fled Gaza by sea. 

The last time rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza was July 5.