Israel shells Palestinians planting explosives near Gaza fence


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli troops killed a Palestinian terrorist in shelling along the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip.

The troops fired tank shells Monday at "a squad of Palestinian terror operatives" whom they saw planting an explosive device at the site, the Israel Defense Forces said. The device was likely remote controlled and planted in order to harm an IDF patrol. 

Along with the terrorist killed, two were injured by the Israeli shelling, the IDF reported. All three were members of the Popular Resistance Committees, according to the IDF.

During the search, an anti-tank missile was fired at the soldiers, causing no injuries.

A mortar bomb and several other suspicious items were found at the site where the terrorists attempted to plant the explosive, according to the IDF.

Meanwhile, the IDF announced that in the past week 976 tons of humanitarian aid were transferred into the Gaza Strip from Israel. Also, 255 Palestinians seeking medical treatment were allowed to cross into Israel and the West Bank for treatment.

Essential food and humanitarian aid products, including milk powder, baby food, rice, cooking oil, flour, hygiene products and medicals supplies including a CT scanner were among the goods that crossed into Gaza. More than 320,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 992 tons of cooking gas also crossed into Gaza.

In addition, 222 staff members of international organizations crossed into the Gaza Strip and 10 truckloads of carnations were exported from Gaza to Europe, according to the IDF.

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