—- SPECIAL SECURITY REPORT —-
IDF reports armed terrorists with explosives along the Israeli-Syrian border were en route to an imminent attack on our forces. The IAF has neutralized that threat.
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
The Israel Air Force struck and killed four terrorists who crossed into Israel from Syria and planted explosives near an IDF post on Sunday night, said a senior IDF source.
The source declined to say which organization the terror cell belonged to, saying it was too soon for such details.
The incident, which occurred at 9:30 p.m. in the northern Golan Heights, began when Combat Intelligence Collection Units identified four suspects planting the explosives on the eastern side of the border fence, within Israeli territory. The suspects were placed under a top priority observation for several minutes, before action was taken.
The IDF confirmed that the terrorists were in fact planting bombs, before ordering an air strike, the source said. “We could see them planting the explosives clearly,” he added.
At least three terrorists have been killed, he added.
“The incident is fairly local, and is under control,” the source said. “We are continuing to carry out routine security missions in the North. Our evaluation for the coming days has not changed,” he added.
The IDF said in an official statement that it will not “tolerate any attempt to harm or violate Israeli sovereignty.” In January 2015, according to foreign-media reports, an IAF aircraft fired missiles at a military convoy in the Syrian town of Quneitra, on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.
Six senior Hezbollah operatives, including Jihad Mughniyeh, son of the late Hezbollah operations chief Imad Mughniyeh, and six senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials, including Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Ali Allahdadi, were killed in the attack.
Mughniyeh was “the head of a major terrorist entity” who was setting up a base Syrian side of the Golan Heights with Iranian help and was planning deadly cross-border attacks against Israel, including infiltrations, rockets and border bombings, a Western intelligence source said.
Hezbollah retaliated days later by firing five Kornet missiles at an IDF convoy traveling 2 km. away from the Lebanese border, striking an Isuzu D-Max vehicle and killing two IDF personnel inside.