IDF targets Gaza terror cell behind recent sniper attacks
The IDF identified a terrorist cell in Gaza which it said has been behind a series of sniping attacks on security forces recently, and
opened fire on it.
According to the army, in a combined operation of the IDF, Border Police Counter-Terrorism Unit and Shin Bet domestic
intelligence agency, security forces carried out sniper fire on the southern Gaza cell, which had been operating close to the Gaza border fence over the past week.
The cell was "preparing additional sniper attacks," the army said. The cell was accurately struck.
The IDF said the operation "to eradicate the immediate threat" concluded without injury or damage to the Israeli
"The IDF will not tolerate attempts to harm Israeli citizens and soldiers and will continue to operation against every
attempted terror attack on the State of Israel," the military said in a statement.
The army declined to provide details on which organization the cell belonged to.
In light of the potential threat of attacks from the cell, the IDF advised Israeli farmers near the enclave's border to stay
clear of the vicinity.
According to farmers, a notice was sent to abstain from work in their fields due to fears of a large-scale terror attack from
Gaza such as a strike using anti-tank missiles.
The IDF move came mere hours after a visit at a lookout point into Gaza near the IDF's Gaza Division headquarters
in the western Negev by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, and top IDF officials.