KARNI CROSSING - In a joint operation with the Shin Bet (General Security Agency) IAF (Israel Air Force) pilots targeted a Palestinian terror cell preparing to carry out an attack near the Karni Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.
The Karni Crossing is used to transfer humanitarian aid to Gaza residents.
Fares Ahmed Jaber, 26, a known Global Jihad operative involved in rocket attacks on Israeli communities in the northwestern Negev, was killed in the attack, and a second terrorist was injured.
Palestinians fired more than 20 rockets and mortar shells on southern Israel in the first month of the new year.
Earlier, Palestinians fired an RPG missile at an IDF unit patrolling Israel's border with central Gaza. The soldiers returned fire. There were no injuries or property damage reported in the attack.
In a separate incident, a gag order on an attempted terror attack in December was lifted on Thursday.
In a joint operation of the IDF and the Shin Bet, IDF forces arrested two Hamas operatives attempting to smuggle explosives, counterfeit money, and a handgun with a silencer into Israel from Gaza.
One terrorist planned to kidnap and murder an Israeli soldier to use as a bargaining chip. The second one said his goal was to detonate bombs in crowded venues in Israel.
Both men have been indicted on several charges, including attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, and weapons violations.