IDF Thwarts Terror Attack at Gaza Border

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GAZA BORDER - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers thwarted an attempted terror attack at the border with the Gaza Strip on Sunday.

Two terrorists were killed and three wounded, according to Palestinian Health Ministry official Dr. Moaiya Hassanain.

After spotting the terror cell planting a bomb alongside the security fence, an IDF border patrol unit fired artillery and tank shells, killing two gunmen.

According to a statement released by the IDF, the two terrorists killed on Sunday were responsible for launching a rocket attack on Israel on August 24, which injured one soldier.

Two Palestinian terror groups - Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) - issued separate statements identifying the fatalities.

The Hamas member was 21-year-old Abed Hafiz al-Silawi and the PFLP member was Mahmoud Ahmed Naseer, also 21.

Meanwhile, over the Rosh Hashanah weekend, Sderot residents headed for bomb shelters after the Color Red sirens warned of incoming rockets.

Moments later, two Kassam rockets exploded in open fields. No one was injured in the attack. 

In response, Israel Air Force jets targeted three arms smuggling tunnels near the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday.

In a statement released Monday morning, the IDF noted that Gaza-based Palestinians have launched 715 Kassam rockets, Grad missiles and mortar shells on southern Israeli communities since the beginning of the year.

Sources: IDF Spokesman's Office, The Jerusalem Post

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