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Israel says it foiled attack by Gaza infiltrators

9 months ago Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:10:48 AM CDT July 17, 2014 Thursday, July 17 2014 Jul 17, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

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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