Israeli security forces closed two popular beaches yesterday to scour them for explosives after two barrels filled with munitions were found washed up on the shores of southern Israel.HAARETZ:
As helicopters searched for other similar devices, officials said the finds represented a new terrorism tactic by Palestinian militants.
An Israeli police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said the barrels, each carrying 22 pounds of explosives, were intended either to strike a patrol boat or to make their way on to the shore and harm Israelis.
A top Navy official said on Tuesday that there may be more explosive-laden barrels in the Mediterranean that were most likely dumped by Palestinian fishing boats.IMHO: ISRAEL AND THE WEST ARE MERELY IN A LULL - THE QUIET BEFORE THE STORM.
According to the official, the Navy currently knows of four barrels, two of which detonated in mid-ocean on Saturday, and two more which were found on southern beaches in Ashkelon and Ashdod on Monday.
The officials estimated that the barrels should be in a simlar shape to the barrels used by Gaza fishers. The containers hold up to 15-20 kilograms of the explosive TNT, which is detonated by remote control using mobile telephones.
The official also estimated that attempted terror attacks via the ocean are due to rise, the more Egypt clamps down on the Gaza tunnel system along the Philadelphia route.
Extensive police forces continued to comb the two southern beaches following the discovery of the explosive-laden barrels on Monday, and extended their search along the coast reaching Tel Aviv.
THE ENEMY HAS NOT SURRENDERED: THEY ARE PROBING AND LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR A MAJOR OFFENSIVE.
MY GUT TELLS ME: IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND HERE IN THE USA.