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Israeli fighter pilots attacked a terrorist cell in northern Gaza early Wednesday morning in a joint operation with Shin Bet operatives.

The Gaza terrorists were planting bombs along the security fence along the region’s northern border with Israel, which were set to detonate as an IDF patrol passed by.

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The plan was disrupted by the Israeli Air Force attack, which killed at least one terrorist – 23-year-old Musa Za’aytar. Three other Gaza operatives were wounded – their condition is unknown.

Israeli farmers were warned yesterday to maintain a distance of at least one kilometer from the border fence due to a terror threat.

After the IAF operation, farmers were told to maintain their distance for some time longer, to ensure their safety from any retaliation over Israel’s attack.

The orders have since been lifted.

IDF spokesperson Peter Lerner said, “Forces guarding the border with Gaza face a growing threat from hostile terror groups attempting to destabilize the situation on the ground.

“The IDF will continue to protect the residence of Israel and the forces guarding them on the borders.”

Gaza terrorists have made a regular practice of mining the area along the border fence. IDF engineers sweep the area daily to track down and defuse any explosives that might be planted as an ambush for Israel’s military border patrols.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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