The IDF exchanged fire with Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip in two connected incidents late Thursday.

A Palestinian sniper in southern Gaza fired at a tractor traveling on a road in Kibbutz Nir Oz close to the border fence. The driver of the tractor was not injured, but the sniper's fire shattered the vehicle's windshield.

IDF soldiers arrived at the scene, evacuating the man to safety.

According to the IDF Spokesman's Unit, Palestinian terrorists operating from within a school then detonated an explosive device near the IDF forces close to the border fence, but failed to injure any of the soldiers. The terrorists also fired a mortar shell at the force, who returned fire, but failed confirm a hit.

In a separate incident that occurred simultaneously, a fire broke out adjacent to the security fence in southern Gaza. While Israeli civilian firefighters were extinguishing the blaze, terrorists opened fire at soldiers present at the scene.  The IDF force returned tank fire, confirming a hit. Two Palestinians were moderately injured, according to Palestinian Ma'an news agency.


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