JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli security forces killed two Palestinians that the Israeli military said were planning a terrorist attack.
The Palestinians who were killed Tuesday in the Palestinian village of Yatta near Hebron were carrying explosive devices and guns, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. The IDF said their terror plan was to be executed in the coming days.
The military said the Salafist-Jihadi terrorist group was planning terror attacks against Israeli targets and against the Palestinian Authority.
Over the past few months, the members of the terrorist network worked to expand its terror infrastructure, including preparing and manufacturing explosives, purchasing weapons and arranging an apartment for hiding, according to the IDF.
Other members of the terrorist network were arrested near Nablus.
Also Tuesday, a Palestinian man from Gaza who was caught after illegally entering Israel was discovered to be carrying a fragmentation grenade. Israeli security forces captured and questioned the man shortly after he breached the security fence, according to reports.
Meanwhile, unknown attackers threw two firebombs at a home in a West Bank Palestinian village near Nablus on Tuesday morning, according to reports. No one was injured in the attack, though the home was damaged. There are no suspects.
The attack is suspected of being a “price tag” attack, the strategy that extremist settlers and their supporters have adopted to exact retribution for settlement freezes and demolitions or Palestinian attacks on Jews.
The number of suspected price tag attacks in the West Bank has increased in recent months.