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IDF clashes with Palestinian gunmen in northern Gaza
Two gunmen near border fence north of Karni crossing open fire at Israeli troops, soldiers return fire. Army says both gunmen killed, no Israeli casualties

Two Palestinian gunmen spotted advancing towards the border fence between Israel and Gaza just north of the Karni goods crossing were killed on Sunday evening after opening fire at an IDF force.

 

The gunmen fired at soliders operating nearby and threw hand grenades towards them. None of the soldiers were wounded and no damage was caused.

 

The troops fired back and the army said both gunmen were hit.

 

Eleven Palestinians were killed in IDF operations last week in the region. The most recent IDF airstrike took place on Thursday, when IAF jets attacked gunmen who were spotted near Beit Hanoun at a site from which Qassam rockets have been launched into Israel.

 

Palestinians reported that two Hamas gunmen were killed in the attack and that five others were injured.

On Wednesday afternoon, sources reported that five members of a small terror group linked to the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier last year were killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Strip.

 

Missiles fired by an Israeli aircraft slammed into a jeep as it traveled in the Zeitun neighborhood carrying members of the Army of Islam, the terror group implicated in the kidnapping of Corporal Gilad Shalit and BBC journalist Alan Johnston.

 

Palestinian sources said one of the gunmen killed in the blast was Khatab Al-Makdisi, the group's

spokesperson, whom Israel accuses of links to al-Qaeda.

 

In a separate incident, four Palestinians, including a child, were killed and 20 others were injured when a tank shell hit a house in the Beit Hanoun neighborhood in northern Gaza.

 

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