February 1st, 2010
Joint Israel Defense Forces, Israel Security Agency and Israeli Police Announcement
Explosive Devices Located Today on Israeli Public Beaches
Three Days Ago, Palestinian Terrorist Organizations Claim Responsibility for Maritime Explosive Devices
On January 29th, a number of Palestinian terrorist organizations claimed responsibility for a maritime terrorist attack following the detonation of two sea-born explosive devices at a distance of approximately two kilometers off the coast of the Gaza Strip.
This morning, February 1st, 2010, Israeli civilians reported seeing a suspicious unidentified object lying on the Barnea beach, a public beach in the coastal city of Ashkelon. Israeli Police sappers examined the object and determined it to be an explosive device. A similar object was later located at one of the beaches in Ashdod, another Israeli city located farther north on the Israeli Mediterranean coast. Both devices were detonated in a controlled manner by the Israeli police.
The terrorist organizations who took responsibility for the original maritime attack are the Fatah military wing, known as “Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades”, the Popular Resistance Committees military wing, known as “Saladin Brigades” and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad military wing, known as the”Al-Quds Brigades”.