After finding explosive barrel bombs in Ashdod and Ashkelon, a third explosive was found at the Palmachim beach south of Rishon Letzion. Security forces neutralized the explosives and in response the IDF (Zahal) undertook operations in the Gaza Strip.

Date: 03/02/2010, 3:52 PM    

A third explosive barrel was found Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 3) at the Palmachim beach south of Rishon Letzion. Police sappers arrived to the spot and neutralized the barrel, as security forces evacuated and closed down the entire area.

This incident occurred on Wednesday morning, two days after two separate barrels containing explosive devices washed ashore on beaches in Ashkelon and Ashdod. Israeli civilians reported seeing a suspicious unidentified object lying on the Barnea beach, a public beach in the coastal city of Ashkelon. Israeli Police sappers examined the object and found it to be an explosive device. A similar object was later located at one of the beaches in Ashdod, another Israeli city farther north on the Israeli Mediterranean coast. The device was detonated in a controlled manner by the Israeli police.

IAF hits terrorist tunnels in the Gaza Strip

On Tuesday night (Feb. 2), the IAF attacked two Hamas terrorist targets in the southern Gaza Strip in a joint IDF (Zahal)-ISA activity. One of the targets was a terror tunnel, used for the infiltration of terrorists into Israel, while the other was used for the smuggling of weapons. Direct hits were identified.

The strike was executed in response to the recent attempted naval attacks against Israel, and the recent rockets fired towards Israeli territory. There have been 19 rockets already fired at Israel in the previous month and approximately 770 Qassam rockets, mortar shells and Grad missiles fired at Israel during 2009.

The IDF (Zahal) holds the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for maintaining the calm in the communities of southern Israel and will respond to any attempt to disrupt this calm.