The Israel Navy foiled an apparent attack against one of its patrol boats early yesterday off the Gaza coast.
The sailors noticed an unmanned fishing boat around 6 a.m., a few hundred feet from their vessel before it exploded without causing any damage.
“The fishing boat that was identified this morning by Israel Navy boats was booby-trapped with hundreds of kilograms of explosives,” Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, said.
Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi credited the Israeli sailors for their actions, which were carried out according to IDF regulation.
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“We are examining all our arrangements, and we will carry on dealing with threats of this kind also in the future.”
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