IDF thwarts attack by 13 terrorists attempting to infiltrate from Gaza

Screenshot of the video released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) showing the thwarting of terrorists trying to infiltrate Israel. Credit YouTube screenshot.

( Israel thwarted the efforts of 13 Hamas terrorists who attempted to infiltrate the Jewish state through a tunnel and carry out an attack on Kibbutz Sufa near the Gaza border. Most of the terrorists were likely killed in a strike by the Israeli Air Force on Thursday, according to reports.

"We can assume the terrorists were planning to kidnap civilians or conduct a mass-casualty attack," Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Brig. Gen. Moti Almoz said.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the attempted infiltration, saying in a statement that “during the withdrawal after the completion of [their] mission,” the terrorists were hit by "jet fighters.” But Hamas denied that the terrorists were killed.

The incident took place just before the start of a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire requested by the U.N.

Posted on July 17, 2014 .