Naval forces scanning for additional Hamas divers after sea-borne attack

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari says Navy forces are continuing to search for additional possible terrorists that tried to infiltrate into Israel from the Gaza Strip, via the sea.

Hagari says Navy forces — including naval commandos — operating across from the coast of Gaza City, spotted the Hamas terror cell entering the sea from a tunnel.

Navy forces opened fire at the Hamas divers, killing them, “and are currently in the process of making sure that there aren’t any more members of the cell in the sea,” he says.

Hamas in a statement claimed responsibility for the sea-borne attack, and claimed that its members had clashed with Israeli forces after ostensibly managing to infiltrate into Israel.

Hebrew-language media have suggested at least four terrorists were killed. Other reports put that number as high as nine.

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