Yakoov Lappin — Jerusalem Post July 21, 2014
Seven IDF soldiers have been killed and 30 troops were wounded, three seriously, in fighting along the Gaza frontier on Monday.
The incidents brought the Israeli death toll in Operation Protective Edge to 25, all of which have been inflicted since Thursday when the IDF began its ground incursion into the Gaza Strip.
On Monday morning, two terrorist attack cells entered Israel from northern Gaza, via a cross-border underground tunnel.
The terrorists surfaced near Kibbutz Nir Am, and were dressed in IDF uniforms. They were detected by an IDF lookout, after the army received an alert from the Shin Bet.
The Shin Bet said a serious and complex terror attack has been thwarted “due to the readiness of the IDF on the ground, following the pinpoint alert that was sent.”
Also on Monday, Police closed roads in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council near the Gaza border due to the security incident.
Roads closed included Route 4 and Route 34. Residents of Erez, Nir Am, Ra’im, Ein Hashlosha were instructed to stay in their houses.
Earlier in the week, 13 Hamas terrorists were killed trying to infiltrate Kibbutz Sufa. The army said it “neutralized the threat” in that incident with an air strike on the cell.
Reuters contributed to this report.