The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Sunday evening attacked an ISIS-affiliated terrorist cell near the Gaza border.
The IDF launched the operation on the al-Fawasah border crossing in southern Gaza and targeted a number of the terrorists who were planning to launch attacks on Israeli soldiers stationed there.
“We will not be deterred,” IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Avital Leibovich said, adding that the operation would continue.
“The terrorists’ intent is to target Israeli troops in the area, not just civilians.
They will not succeed in their mission.””
I’m not going to talk about the number of dead.
The number of wounded will be very low,” she said.
“But I do want to emphasize that the terrorists will not achieve their objective and they will not accomplish their goal in this operation.”
The IDF’s operation comes just days after the terror group struck at the al Haramain crossing point in northern Gaza, killing five Israeli soldiers and wounding six.
The operation came as Israel’s defense minister was due to deliver a speech to the Knesset on Monday in which he promised that “terrorists will not enter our country again.”
Leibovich told the Kitzurah on Sunday that the IDF would not “take any chances.”
“We are committed to protecting the Jewish people and defending ourselves, and the Israeli people’s security,” she added.
“I am proud to announce that we will not tolerate the terrorists and will not hesitate to act decisively in response to any attack against our people.”
In a separate development on Sunday, two more ISIS-linked terrorists were killed in an airstrike on an ISIS compound in northern Syria, a local source told Ma’an news agency.
The source said that a team of the SDF was also hit in an air raid by a U.S.-led coalition.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the civil war, said that at least four ISIS-related attacks in Syria on Sunday targeted an ISIS training camp in Qamishli and a weapons depot.
The attacks targeted a large ISIS building in the town of Hamra, which the Observatory said was used by ISIS militants as a headquarters.
In a statement, the coalition called the attacks a “flagrant violation” of Syria’s sovereignty and called on Syria’s Government and the Syrian Arab Army to cease operations in and around the area.
A second group of ISIS militants were also reportedly killed in air strikes in the vicinity of Qamishly, a city in northwestern Syria, on Sunday.
The Observatory said the air strikes targeted a building that was believed to be used by an ISIS cell that was active in the Syrian province of Idlib.
It did not give further details.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human rights has said that the ISIS terror group has been fighting in Syria since 2014, claiming responsibility for attacks across the country.