IDF targets Hamas observation posts after Gazans set military equipment on fire

In response to another incident near the Gaza border fence on Wednesday, IDF tanks targeted two observation posts belonging to the Hamas terror organization. “The IDF views with great severity any attempt to damage the security fence, as well as security infrastructure,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
IDF tank near Gaza Photo Credit: TPS

IDF tanks struck two Hamas observation posts in northern Gaza, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said on Wednesday. The strikes came after two suspects set fire to the elevated surface surrounding the security fence near the old Karni border crossing.

“The suspects did not cross the security fence and did not infiltrate Israel,” the IDF Spokesperson’s said in a statement. “The IDF views with great severity any attempt to damage the security fence, as well as security infrastructure.”

This incident near the border fence followed Tuesday’s infiltration of three terrorists from Gaza. Speaking in a military ceremony on Wednesday, IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot addressed the recent escalations in southern Israel. “In light of the week’s incidents, we must look inward," Eizenkot said. “[We must] learn from mishaps in a professional and humble manner.”

As previously reported by JOL, the IDF is still looking into how three Palestinian terrorists were able to cross the border into Israel on Tuesday and wander about for several hours before being caught. Boaz Kretschmer, the chairman of Kibbutz Ze'elim, said footage of the incident "undermines the feeling of security" and should serve as "a wake-up call."

"Ze'elim is located 20 km away from the border, but that didn't stop the terrorists from getting to it," Kretschmer said. "It was only by luck that a tragedy didn't happen today."

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