JERUSALEM, Israel -- Following concrete warnings that Palestinian terrorists may be planning another attack in southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces dispatched two warships to the Red Sea.
Israeli Minister of Home Front Defense Matan Vilnai warned Tuesday that Islamic Jihad may try another strike from Egypt as Muslims mark the end of Ramadan.
"The Palestinian Islamic Jihad wants to carry out a terror attack along the Egyptian border," Vilnai told reporters.
"The Egyptian border is absolutely porous. We have known this for many years," he said.
Nearly two weeks ago, terrorists carried out a series of well-coordinated attacks near the border with Egypt, which killed eight Israelis and wounded more than 30.
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz warned Israel will respond harshly to attempts to harm its people.
"Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza must know that they are wrong to test our strength and that any attempt to harm the citizens of Israel will result in a severe response," Gantz said at a memorial ceremony for fallen Navy commandoes in Ashdod on Tuesday night.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Hamas, the Palestinian faction controlling the Gaza Strip, will be held responsible for any attack.
Egypt's government has had trouble patrolling since the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak in February.