IDF Thwarts Navel Threat off Gaza Coast

February 23, 2021

by: Yoav Zitun and Elior Levy

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An Israel Navy vessel of the coast of Gaza (illustrative)

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 | The Israeli military on Monday reported it sank a suspicious naval vessel near the Gaza Strip shore, which the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] said posed a potential threat to navy ships in the area.

A navy patrol boat spotted the Gazan vessel approaching it in the morning hours, prompting the troops to open fire and sink it. No one appeared to have been hurt in the incident.

“An Israeli naval force identified a potential threat in the morning. IDF soldiers identified the activity and thwarted it. The IDF will continue to act against dangerous threats in the naval space,” said an army spokesperson.

Military sources said that the vessel was spotted off the coast of Khan Yunis and was tracked for several minutes before being targeted.

Over the past few years, the navy thwarted several attempts by militants in the Gaza Strip to launch attacks against Israeli targets both at sea and on land.

The Defense Ministry has been working to establish a maritime barrier to prevent any such attacks.

Posted on February 23, 2021

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on February 22, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today.)

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