Hamas officials in Gaza boast responsibility for the terrorist infiltration into Zikim on Tuesday evening. The IDF encountered the terrorists and a shootout which continued for about an hour resulted in five dead terrorists and one IDF soldier lightly wounded.
After the infiltration from the sea was detected and the alert was sounded, Givati soldiers responded and engaged the terrorists in a gun battle. Hamas in Gaza reports the terrorists were elite Hamas commandos. After the terrorists were eliminated a sweep of the entire area was conducted to make certain additional terrorists were not still at large.
B’chasdei Hashem the terrorists were detected and eliminated without loss of life in Israel.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)