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IDF, Palestinians exchange fire along Gaza border

June 17, 2012 19:32

PFLP terrorists fire at least 5 mortars at IDF forces, who return fire into Gaza; Palestinians medics say 1 moderately injured.

IDF tank in central Gaza Strip

IDF tank in central Gaza Strip_370. (photo credit:Amir Cohen/Reuters)

IDF soldiers and armed Palestinians exchanged fire near the Gaza Strip border on Sunday, resulting in the moderate injury of one Gazan according to Palestinian Ma'an news agency.

The IDF Spokesman's Office said that an IDF patrol conducting routine activity adjacent to the Gaza Strip border were attacked by Palestinian terrorists, who fired eight mortars at the forces.

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The Jihad Jibril brigades of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) claimed responsibility for firing five mortar shells at the Israeli forces in the area, according to Ma'an.

In response to the attack, IDF soldiers fired towards suspicious areas but did not confirm a hit. Palestinian medics, quoted by Ma'an, said that a man suffered moderate injuries and was transferred to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital for treatment.

Palestinians also said that 10 Israeli vehicles, among them tanks, entered the Gaza Strip. The IDF said they were looking into the allegation.

Also Sunday, a number of Arab youth were suspected of throwing lit firecrackers at an army base outside of Jerusalem, starting a large forest fire. Ten soldiers at the Oferit Army base in Jerusalem next to Mount Scopus were lightly injured on from smoke inhalation and two were taken to the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital for treatment.
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