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Three Islamic Jihad operatives were killed in two separate incidents in the Gaza Strip on Thursday. In addition, two Kassam rockets were fired at communities in the western Negev. No one was wounded and no damage was caused.
In the morning, IAF aircraft bombed a car carrying two members of the terror group between the towns of Khan Yunis and Rafah. The IDF said the two were on their way to perpetrate attacks against Israel. On Wednesday, two other Islamic Jihad operatives were wounded in an Israeli missile strike.
Later in the day, troops shot and killed an armed Palestinian placing a bomb near the security fence close to the Kissufim crossing. Islamic Jihad, in a text message sent to reporters, said the man, Yussef Kabalan, 21, was a member of the terror group and was shot while approaching the border.
Meanwhile, Israel opened the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt for a number of hours to ease travel restrictions on Palestinians. Since the kidnapping of Cpl. Gilad Shalit in June, the Rafah border has been closed except for periodic openings, mostly due to humanitarian considerations.
In addition, the Civil Administration facilitated the transfer of close to 70 containers of oil, sugar and lentils to the Gaza Strip.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Israel's decision to open the crossing more regularly was a positive step.
"We are encouraged by this decision, the first toward restoration of normal operations at the crossing," said McCormack, who accompanied US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her trip to the region.
AP contributed to this report.