Palestinians try to bomb IDF vessels, botch operation

Posted: April 13, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Gaza, Israel, Terrorism

INF BoatA Palestinian unmanned boat made its way from Gaza into Israeli territorial waters, which then exploded mid-way without causing damage to anything but itself:

IDF sources estimated that the booby-trapped boat was activated by remote control and meant to explode near an Israeli Navy vessel or a coastal community.

A naval patrol followed the boat for about an hour and spotted no people on board. As it was several hundred meters off the Gaza shore and heading north the boat exploded.

None of the soldiers was injured and no damage was reported.

The Navy is investigating the incident.

Several attempts to launch terror attacks from Gaza via the sea have been recorded in the past.

Is Hamas out rockets? Sending unmanned boat into Israeli waters could just as well be an attempt to test Israeli naval forces. In any case, sending a boat to perform an attack is not a smart idea, as INF (Israeli Naval Force) patrols seas non-stop, and can easily spot even a single man swimming into Israel, not to mention a boat.

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