IDF soldiers near Gaza border 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen)
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.
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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.
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.