IDF gunfire wounded four Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, medics said, in an incident that ruptured the calm of a shaky truce achieve after a spasm of cross-border violence earlier this month.

The IDF spokesperson said that forces operating along the Gaza border fired on a terrorist unit that appeared to be attempting to place an explosive device along the fence. Apparently, the spokesperson said, uninvolved civilians were hit in the strike.

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The IDF statement added that it was forced to respond to terrorists operating near civilian population centers.

Officials in the Strip said IDF soldiers had fired in the direction of a home in central Gaza after darkness fell.

Medics said later four people including a woman and two minors had been taken to a hospital with slight injuries.

The incident followed a surprise unity deal achieved this week between Hamas and the Fatah movement that dominates in the West Bank.

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