IDF forces thwarted an attempt by a Palestinian terror cell to infiltrate Israel through the Gaza border fence Wednesday noon. The cell, which included four or five members, was apparently planning to place explosive devices in the area.
According to military sources, gunmen approached the fence in an area east of Khan Younis and were about to enter Israeli territory when a paratrooper force identified them and opened fire at them.
Four Palestinians were killed in the clashes and several were injured. One soldier was lightly injured in his hand and was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.
The force uncovered Kalashnikov rifles and grenades on the gunmen's bodies.
The soldiers are currently scanning the area for other gunmen.
Meanwhile, the Palestinians claimed that an IDF force has entered Palestinian territory, where it clashed with Hamas and Jihad operatives.
In the course of the event Palestinian launched mortar shells at the Kissufim crossing area.
IDF sources said this was a severe and unusual incident, and that the terror organizations have been trying to break the truce in any possible way.
"We are committed to upholding the true, but first and foremost we are committed to protecting the lives of civilians and soldiers, and therefore, in any incident of this kind we will act in order to thwart it in the clearest way," said one IDF source.
Ali waked contributed to the report