IDF Thwarts Terror Attempt Near Northern Gaza Border
17 February 2011 , 11:17
officer standing near the security fence
Number of Palestinian militants approaching the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip in an attempt to plant explosive devices there. Archive photo: IDF Spokesperson
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A number of militants attempted to plant explosives; area with civilians often used as a cover terrorist activity



IDF Website

On Wednesday night (Feb. 16), IDF forces identified a number of Palestinian militants approaching the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip in an attempt to plant explosive devices there. In order to thwart the attempt, the IDF forces fired at the militants, hitting three of them.
 
Throughout the course of 2010, approximately 100 different terror-related incidents took place near the security fence surrounding the Gaza Strip, an average of an incident every three days.
 
Palestinian civilians in areas around the security fence are used by terrorist organizations to cover their activities that include planting explosive devices, planning terrorist attacks and attempting to kidnap IDF soldiers.

It is for this reason, the IDF cannot allow anyone to be present in the area. The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for maintaining the calm in the Gaza Strip and for any terrorist activity emanating from it.