JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli airstrikes hit a squad of Palestinian terrorists preparing to carry out an attack near the Karni crossing in northern Gaza.
The joint operation by the Israel Defense Forces and the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, was carried out Thursday morning, according to the IDF.
Global Jihad operative Fares Ahmed Jaber, 26, a resident of Gaza City who was involved in firing rockets at Israeli communities in the southwestern Negev region in the past few months, was killed in the strike, the IDF said.
Another Gaza Palestinian involved in an attempt to execute a terror attack also was targeted and injured.
Earlier Thursday morning, Palestinians fired a missile at an IDF force patrolling the Israeli side of the security fence near the central Gaza Strip. The Israeli soldiers returned fire, the IDF said. No Israeli soldiers were injured in the exchange.
Medical officials in Gaza told reporters that two Palestinian girls, 5 and 7, were injured when a tank shell hit their home during the exchange, according to reports.