Gaza terrorists blow themselves up trying to destroy underground wall

As Hamas escalates its attacks on Israel, one terrorist was killed and another injured while trying to destroy an underground wall. 

By: World Israel News Staff

Palestinian terrorists blew themselves up Monday while trying to forge a hole in an underground wall separating Israel from the Gaza Strip, the IDF said.

In a terror cell of five, one terrorist was killed and another seriously injured as they used a bomb to carve an opening in the underground barrier.

Israel is currently constructing an underground wall around the Gaza Strip to thwart attack tunnels dug into Israeli territory from the coastal enclave.

Israel has also started building an underwater barrier.

The IDF denied Palestinian reports that the terrorists were shot by Israeli troops.

The army would not immediately provide details on what was damaged during the incident, which occurred near the now-abandoned Karni Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip — a frequent site of riots and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops.

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry identified the man who died as 24-year-old Sabri Ahmed Abu Khader.

The border incident occurred on the backdrop of an escalation of rocket fire and firebomb-laden kites and balloons sent from Gaza into southern Israel.

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On Monday morning, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Hamas and other terror groups in the Strip that Israel would not allow Gazans to continue launching incendiary devices into Israeli territory, which have caused hundreds of brush fires and burned thousands of acres of land in recent months.

“If anyone thinks it will be possible to continue with the daily kites and fires, they are wrong,” Liberman said during a tour of Israel Aerospace Industries, the country’s primary aerospace manufacturer.

Housing Minister Yoav Galant, a retired IDF general, told Israel Radio that since Israel has a clear military advantage of “a thousand to one,” it must act with restraint.

“We are trying to calm the situation with the minimal possible use of force,” Galant said.

“When an eight-year-old boy flies a kite strapped with a firebomb because someone told him to, it is problematic to send a drone to shoot him dead,” he said.

Responding to a number of incendiary and explosive kites and balloons that had been flown into Israel on Sunday, the Israeli Air Force conducted predawn raids on Hamas positions in Gaza.

Palestinians then launched three rockets toward southern Israel. One fell short of the border and the other two apparently struck open fields, causing neither injury nor damage.