An Israeli commando was killed fighting Palestinian gunmen in the Gaza Strip.
A special operations squad crossed into southern Gaza early Wednesday on a search mission, coming under fire from local Palestinians. One soldier was killed and two others wounded.
At least five Palestinians were wounded in the clash, one fatally. He was identified as a Hamas gunman.
Israel regularly sends ground forces into the Gaza frontier to hunt for rocket crews or tunnels that could be used for cross-border attacks.