Report: Israel Fires at Gaza Terrorist Fence Jumpers

A fire burns in scrubland on the Israeli side of the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, near kibbutz Gevaram, June 3, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Gaza sources Monday morning said that IDF forces fired at a group of Gaza Arabs who were trying to break through the security fence. Reports said that the group was attempting to break through the fence near an IDF observation tower, which they planned to set on fire. The report did not specify if anyone was injured in the incident.

On Sunday, Israeli forces opened fire on several groups of Gaza Arabs who were preparing to fly terror kites and balloons at Israeli targets. In one incident, Israeli forces targeted a vehicle carrying a gang that was preparing to set off terror kites, injuring three of them. Gaza sources said that one of the terrorists later died of his wounds. Israeli firefighters fought 20 blazes on Sunday that were started by the terror kites and balloons.

The IDF released footage showing a gang of Gaza terrorists launching balloons and kites from a Hamas outpost. The army also published the photos and names of the terrorists, and said in a statement that “we will not allow terrorists to threaten Israel, its residents, or its territory.”

IDF soldiers overnight Sunday seized weapons that were to be used in terror attacks. Soldiers, working with police, discovered a cache of weapons in Chevron and several surrounding villages.

In a statement, the army said that such weapons were used in terror attacks as well as for criminal activity, and that security forces were determined to seize all weapons that were being held illegally by all people, in order to better protect all Israelis and residents of Palestinian Authority-controlled areas, who are also under threat by terrorists and criminals.

Overnight Sunday, security officials said they arrested 16 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehuda and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.

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