Israeli soldiers leave Gaza after fierce clash

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March 27, 2010 12:56

 
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The IDF says it has withdrawn its troops from Gaza after a deadly battle there on Friday evening.

A military spokeswoman said troops used bulldozers to "flatten infrastructure used by terrorists to attack soldiers" before withdrawing Saturday morning.

Two Israeli soldiers were killed Friday in an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants who were planting explosives along the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian civilian was killed in the clash, Gaza medics said.

The violence was some of the worst in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip since Israel's military offensive there more than a year ago.

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