IDF announces reduction in Gaza Strip fishing zone after Islamic Jihad fired a rocket at Israel; IDF reports group is attempting to sabotage Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel; Shin Bet confirms it foiled Hamas-planned suicide bombing attack.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reduced Gaza’s fishing zone after a rocket was fired at Israel on Monday. The rocket landed in the sea and caused no damage. The IDF reported that the rocket was launched by militants of Palestinian Islamic Jihad under the faction’s commander, Bahaa Abu-Ala’ta.
IDF Spokesman Ronen Manelis reported that Islamic Jihad in the Strip is “seeking to undermine the ceasefire efforts,” between Israel and Hamas. An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire has been ongoing since the end of March. Part of the deal made included expanding the Gaza Strip’s fishing zones, as well as the reopening of border crossings.
The IDF warned Hamas and any terror organization in Gaza that “The IDF remains ready and committed to defend Israel against such terror.” The IDF has been clear that Hamas, the ruling body of the Strip, would be held responsible for any and all terror on the citizens of Israel.
Israel’s Internal Security Agency (Shin Bet) on Monday lifted a military censor on a recently thwarted Hamas suicide bombing to coincide and disrupt Israel’s April 9th elections. A 23-year-old Palestinian, Yahya Abu Dia, was arrested and is currently being investigated. He admitted to planning the attack and confirmed he was recruited by Hamas over the internet.
The IDF and Shin Bet continue to combat Hamas’s terror activities in Judea and Samaria and from the Gaza Strip.