two Palestinians killed, IDF soldier injured during Gaza border clash

IDF tank fire kills two Palestinians approaching security fence; soldier seriously wounded when shots fired at army force combing area inside Strip. Earlier, Qassam rocket fired from Gaza towards Negev; no injuries or damage reported

Latest Update: 12.11.10

An IDF soldier sustained serious wounds and two Palestinians were killed during an incident near the Gaza border late Saturday evening.

The incident began shortly after 9 pm, when soldiers manning an IDF observation spotted two suspicious figures approaching the security fence, apparently on their hands and knees. IDF tanks opened fire and killed them.

Later, as soldiers were preparing to comb an area inside Palestinian territory, Palestinians fired a number of rounds at them, apparently with assault rifles. One soldier was moderately wounded in the incident. He was airlifted to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

The IDF is checking whether the force was attacked by snipers.

Palestinian sources in Gaza said that during the clash the IDF opened fire on Palestinian homes located east of the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.

Earlier Saturday, a Qassam rocket was fired from the Strip towards the western Negev region. There were no reports of injury or damage. The "Color Red" alert system, which warns residents of incoming rockets, was activated.,7340,L-3997547,00.html