The Israeli Defense Force said Monday that it killed four terrorists who were planting explosives along the Syrian border.
The IDF tweeted a video of the execution:
“This is the moment when four terrorists attempted to plant explosives near the security fence between Israel and Syria last night…and the moment we stopped them. We will continue to defend Israel’s borders from all enemy threats.”
…and the moment we stopped them.
We will continue to defend Israel's borders from all enemy threats. pic.twitter.com/bQPGPiJFlg
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 3, 2020
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“A short time ago, an IDF force foiled an attempt to place explosive devices along the border with Syria…Special forces that were carrying out an ambush near an IDF post in the southern Golan Heights spotted a cell with a number of terrorists planting explosive devices along the border…An IDF force and an aircraft opened fire together on the four-member cell and hit them.”
An IDF spokesman said Israel holds the Syrian government responsible for activity emanating from its territory no matter who is involved, and the military is considering retaliating against Damascus.
In the meantime, he said the IDF is working on disarming the bombs the men planted.
The cell planted the bombs inside an unmanned IDF outpost. Zilberman said the attempted attack is considered a serious threat because although the outpost was unmanned, Israeli troops often patrol the area.
The incident came after the military noticed several people approaching the Syrian-Israeli border “pretending to be innocent shepherds” in recent days. The military believes these people were apart of scouting missions, attempting to scope out the border ahead of the attack.
This operation came at the same time that a missile from Hamas was launched towards Israel. Israel retaliated with greater force:
We hold Hamas responsible for all activity emanating from Gaza.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 2, 2020