Israel foils seaborne attack from Gaza Strip

2014-07-08 20:42
Smoke and fire rise from an Israeli missle strike in Rafah,

Smoke and fire rise from an Israeli missle strike in Rafah,

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Jerusalem - The Israeli military says it has foiled an attempt by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip to infiltrate southern Israel by sea.

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, a military spokesperson, said four attackers were killed on Tuesday, shortly after coming ashore.

He says troops spotted the attackers with hand grenades and assault rifles. One Israeli soldier was lightly injured.

Lerner says it's the first such infiltration effort in recent memory, and that the army is trying to determine how the men made it so far.

In Gaza, Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

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