The IDF is on high alert after two attacks on IDF forces and a thwarted terrorist attack on Friday took place.
Terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Friday. The rocket attack is the first in several weeks with no casualties or damages reported.
A second attack on Friday, against IDF soldiers positioned near the Gaza border fence, was also reported. IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner confirmed that terrorists in Gaza fired upon Israeli soldiers.
“Forces fired in response. No injuries reported,” Lerner wrote on Twitter.
Since the start of 2014, over 100 rockets have been shot into Israel by terrorists residing in Gaza. Forces from Hamas and Islamic Jihad have claimed responsibility for numerous rocket attacks over the last several months.
In March, Islamic Jihad shot dozens of rockets into southern Israel as part of a barrage attack against the Jewish state.
On Friday night, IDF forces thwarted a terrorist attack in the town of Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion. Patrols stationed in watch towers identified two suspicious individuals approaching the town and closing in on a group of houses.
Security officials closed in on the suspects and detained them for questioning. The two men, Palestinian Arabs, were found carrying knives and bullets.
“The quick work of observation forces, in cooperation with operative combat forces in the Etzion region, has brought remarkable success,” said Etzion deputy brigade commander , Lt. Col. Ayes Fares. “The main goal of our work in the sector is maintaining the safety of Gush Etzion’s residents, and we are careful to do so every day and every hour.”
Terrorists on Wednesday detonated a hidden explosive devise planted next to the border fence between Israel and Gaza as IDF soldiers carried out a “routine mission” along the border. In a second incident on Wednesday, three mortar shells were fired at IDF security personnel working on the Gazan side of the border uncovering a series of terror tunnels.