IDF stops ‘significant attack’ by Gazans, 4 terrorists killed

The IDF eliminated four terrorists armed with automatic rifles, hand grenades and rocket propelled grenade launchers.

By Associated Press

Israeli troops killed four Palestinian terrorists who attempted to cross through the security barrier from the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, called it a “very significant attempt to attack Israel.”

The four terrorists were armed with automatic rifles, hand grenades and rocket propelled grenade launchers. Israeli soldiers opened fire when the terrorists tried to climb the fence. They returned fire before being killed. No Israelis soldiers were hurt.

Early in August, Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian terrorist who opened fire at forces behind the fence. Three soldiers sustained light to moderate wounds

“We hold Hamas responsible and accountable for any acts of violence emanating from the Gaza Strip whether they were Hamas operatives or not,” Conricus said at a briefing with reporters.

No Palestinian groups claimed responsibility.

The Hamas terror group, in a statement denying its involvement, claimed that it was an “individual act by angry youths.”

Hamas has staged weekly violent riots along the boundary since March 2018, which have included snipers, arson attacks, and other attempts to harm Israeli civilians and soldiers.

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