After a week in which Gaza terrorists attacked southern Israel with rocket and mortar attacks nearly every day, two Palestinian Authority terrorist suspects were shot and killed Saturday evening by Israeli soldiers near central Gaza.
The incident occurred when the two were spotted by IDF troops sneaking towards the Gaza security fence. They were also apparently part of a larger terrorist cell, which returned fire as the soldiers subsequently began searching the area.
One soldier was wounded in the exchange of gunfire. He was evacuated to hospital in moderate condition.
A second shootout occurred in the same area a short time later, according to a statement by the IDF Spokesman’s Office, but all IDF soldiers returned to base unharmed. The incident is under investigation, according to the statement.
Gaza terrorists also fired a short-range Kassam rocket at Israel’s Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district in the western Negev on Saturday evening. There were no reports of casualties or damages resulting from the attack.
Approximately 100 terror-related incidents have taken place near the Gaza security barrier since the beginning of 2010 – an average of one incident every three days.
“The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for maintaining the calm in the Gaza Strip and for any terrorist activity emanating from it,” the IDF said.
The statement continued with an additional warning that the IDF “will also continue to respond harshly to any attempt to use terror against the State of Israel.”