A commander in the Popular Resistance Committees' military arm was killed Tuesday evening in a fire exchange in the Gaza Strip.
An IDF unit performing routine activity in central Gaza recognized suspicious figures and opened fire. Meanwhile, an IAF aircraft fired at a terror cell that shot mortar shells at the ground troops.
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According to Palestinian sources, the operative killed in Khan Younis was Khaled Sahmoud, 23, who was in charge of the the al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades' mortar unit. The PRC claimed that he managed to fire five mortar shells before being killed.
Hospital officials said two Palestinian civilians, a father and son, suffered shrapnel wounds in the incident.
Following the incident, the PRC urged other Palestinian organizations to reexamine the ceasefire agreement with Israel. They added that they will retaliate to Samhoud's killing "very soon."
A spokesman for the group, Abu Mujahed, said that "the escalation in Khan Younis indicates Israel's evasion of the ceasefire agreement."
Israel blamed the PRC for a cross-border, multiple terror attacks last month in which eight Israelis died.
The PRC, which lost its top leaders in a retaliatory IAF strike, denied involvement, and Gaza saw a surge of fighting.
Hanan Greenberg and Reuters contributed to the report
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