(JNS.org) 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.