IDF Stops Border Attack

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CBNNews.com—ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER—Israeli soldiers from the Golani Brigade entered the Gaza Strip Monday and exchanged gunfire with Palestinians who had been shooting at an Israeli patrol.  An Israeli assault helicopter also fired on a suspicious vehicle in an area where terrorists have tried to plant explosive devices to kill soldiers.  A spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces [IDF] says the attack was prevented without injury.

Meanwhile, a Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza strip landed near the western Negev town of Sderot.  No damage was reported.

The IDF's southern command is on guard against frequent attempts by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups to kidnap Israeli soldiers.  Palestinians fired 10 mortar shells at an Israeli patrol Friday, which military sources believe was another failed attempt at kidnapping or killing a large number of soldiers.

The military is also watching for more attacks on northern Israel from southern Lebanon.  A Katyusha rocket struck near a home in northern Israel Saturday, wounding two people and sending three more into shock.

The terrorist group Hezbollah denied that it was responsible for the attack.  Some Israeli analysts suspect Al Qaida-related Palestinian groups from the Lebanese refugee camps might have incentive to harass Israel with sporadic attacks.

Sources:  ynet news, The Jerusalem Post

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