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Second Terror Attack in Two Weeks: Tensions on Northern Border Escalate

August 3, 2020

by: Kate Norman

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Video footage from the IDF documenting the attempt to place explosives on the Syrian border (screenshot).

Monday, 3 August 2020 | Amid heightened tension on Israel’s northern borders, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) thwarted an attempted attack on the border with Syria on Sunday night, the military reported.

“We just thwarted an attempt by 4 terrorists to place explosives near the security fence between Israel and Syria,” the IDF tweeted. “Our troops & aircraft fired toward the squad & a hit was identified.”

The four terrorists were killed, the military confirmed, after planting an explosive device in an unmanned IDF outpost.

The military also released security footage of the four terrorists sneaking to the border fence and then shows them walking away before they are hit by an explosion.

There were no Israeli casualties during the incident.

That particular area of the border has reportedly seen several proverbial wolves among sheep. The IDF spokesman said recently the military has reported “a number of suspicious approaches to the [border] fence” disguised as shepherds who then provide information to the enemy on Israeli troop movement along the border.

He added that Israel does not yet know who was behind the attempted attack.

“We don’t know who sent them. There are a lot of players in Syria, some acting for Iran and some not,” said IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Hidai Zilberman, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post. “We cannot say right now that this is a Hezbollah attack, but we can’t rule it out either.”

The military is working to disarm the explosives planted in the outpost and study them to determine which group was behind the attack, Zilberman said.

Nonetheless, the Jewish state has its eye on the Lebanese-based Iranian terror proxy. Just last week, the IDF thwarted what it called a “terror squad” of armed Hezbollah fighters who had crossed the border into Israel before the IDF opened fire, driving the fighters back into Lebanon.

Israel pegged the attack as Hezbollah’s attempt for revenge after an alleged Israeli air strike the previous week on an Iranian weapons shipment in Damascus that was bound for the terror group. One of Hezbollah’s fighters was killed in the strike, and the group vowed revenge.

However, Hezbollah denied that the attack happened at all, much less that it was their big act of revenge—and vowed that retaliation is still coming.

Israel’s military has been on high alert along the northern borders, as tensions continue to soar.

Posted on August 3, 2020

Source: (Bridges for Peace, August 3, 2020)

Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit/idf.il