Israel says it foiled attack by Gaza infiltrators

Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in the Gaza strip as seen from the Israel Gaza border on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (Ariel Schalit)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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 250 meters (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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