Israeli Navy Foils Suspected Seaborne Terror Attack

Targeting Terrorism

Targeting Terrorism

IDF says it thwarted rare maritime terror attack by an armed squad equipped with wetsuits and diving gear; Hamas says four killed while other Palestinian sources say two of five militants survived.

The Israeli Navy opened fire on an armed squad of five Palestinians wearing diving suits and apparently on their way to attack Israeli targets, the IDF said on Monday morning.

An army source told Haaretz that at about 4:30 A.M., naval commandos identified and fired on a boat carrying five armed Palestinians heading north from waters off the Nuseirath refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Gaza sources reported that four Palestinians were killed. Hamas later confirmed the deaths and said a fifth Palestinian was missing – although conflicting reports from Gaza claimed at least two of the five-member squad survived.

Four bodies were retrieved and taken to a hospital in central Gaza, said Moawiya Hassanain, a Palestinian health official. Two of the dead had suffered multiple gunshots to the head, Hassanain said.

Other Palestinian sources told Haaretz that the miltants were members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, an extremist offshoot of the Fatah faction led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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