A Palestinian man was killed Tuesday in an IDF gunfire attack near the border fence in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical elements reported.
The IDF said that soldiers had opened fire at two armed men trying to place explosives near the border fence. It was further noted that the operation involved infantry and artillery forces as well as helicopters.
The Palestinian news agency Ma'an said that Hassan Abu Rok, 22, was hit by a mortar in the Khan Yunis area. Local emergency and rescue services spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya said that that the IDF fired several mortars causing two other individuals to sustain light wounds.
The IDF said that the incident is similar to a case in Saturday when two Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed after trying to place explosives on the border.
An escalation has been recorded in the south last week when almost 30 rockets and mortar bombs were fired at Israel. The Air Force responded by bombing several terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip.
The IDF estimated that terror organizations will continue to target soldiers on the border fence during this time as Operation Cast Lead marks two years. They added that more sophisticated attacks are also possible.
spokesman for Izz al-Din al-Qassam Abu Ubaida said that Hamas is ready to break the current state of calm at any given time. "There is a ceasefire but we are ready to respond to any Israeli act of aggression," he said.
On Friday, a Qassam rocket and a mortar bomb were fired at Israel however no injuries or damage were reported.
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