JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian gunmen fired on Israeli soldiers working on the border fence between Israel and Gaza.
The soldiers were conducting what the Israeli military called routine work on the fence near Kibbutz Zikim and northern Gaza on Thursday. An Israel Defense Forces vehicle was damaged in the attack, which included mortar shells.
Israeli troops returned fire in the direction of the attack, assisted by an strike by the Israeli Air Force. Palestinian hospital sources told Israeli media that two of the Palestinian attackers were killed in the reprisal attack.
Palestinian sources told Israeli media that the soldiers were fired upon after they illegally entered Gaza.
There have been no rockets fired at Israel from Gaza since Tuesday evening following a barrage of more than 40 rockets that struck Israeli over three days.