Israel says it foiled attack by Gaza infiltrators

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Posted: Jul 17, 2014 2:10 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Jul 17, 2014 2:10 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Israel, Palestine, Gaza, Hamas, Middle East, crisis

JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli military says it thwarted an attack by 13 Gaza militants who sneaked into Israel through a tunnel.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, says the militants were identified some 820 feet inside Israel and were struck by Israeli aircraft.

Lerner said the military believed at least one militant was killed in Thursday's strike. He says the remaining fighters appeared to have returned to Gaza through the tunnel.

The incident occurred hours before Israel and Hamas were to observe a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire. Lerner said Israel would go ahead with the break in fighting despite the infiltration.

This was the second time militants infiltrated Israel from Gaza. Last week Israel killed four militants who entered from the sea.

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