(January 22, 2020 / JNS) Three men were shot and killed by Israeli forces on Tuesday after they infiltrated into Israel from the Gaza Strip and threw an explosive device at Israeli troops, the Israeli military reported.
The men were under surveillance as they crossed into Israel and entered a wooded area near Kibbutz Kissufim, according to the military.
Israeli forces immediately sealed off the area and began a search for the suspects, who hurled an explosive device or grenade at the soldiers.
“The soldiers opened fire at the suspects, and a hit was confirmed. There was no threat presented to the [nearby] communities,” said the Israel Defense Forces in a statement. All three of the men were confirmed killed. No soldiers were injured.
The incident comes as tensions flare in the Gaza border region, with terrorists launching multiple bouquets of balloons outfitted with incendiary devices and explosives into Israel.
The IDF seemingly has not responded to the attacks.
According to Israel’s Channel 13, Israel warned Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, not to attempt to disrupt the visit this week of dozens of world leaders to Jerusalem for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, which will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
Also on Tuesday, the IDF announced the end of a six-week operation in Judea and Samaria aimed at locating and confiscating caches of illegal weapons. Dozens of illegal weapons were found during the sweep, including two M-16 assault rifles, according to the military.
“During these sweeps, forces seized many weapons, including 13 handguns, 25 Carlo-style submachine guns, two M-16 rifles and ammunition,” the IDF said in a statement.
In addition, the IDF shut down five workshops that were being used to produce firearms. All confiscated weapons were turned over to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).
On Monday, Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman revealed that his organization foiled more than 560 terror attacks in 2019—averaging to 1.5 per day—including 10 suicide bombings and four kidnappings.
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