Four terrorists were killed Sunday afternoon in fierce fighting with IDF troops in central Gaza. Terrorists opened fire on soldiers outside the city of Al-Bureij, targeting the troops with gunfire and mortar shells.
The soldiers, who were taking part in routine operations aimed at distancing terrorists from the Gaza security barrier, returned fire, and launched a ground-to-ground missile. No IDF soldiers were injured.
Medical sources in Gaza later reported that four local Arabs had been killed by an IDF tank shell.
In reponse to Arab claims that a 5-year-old boy was amongst the dead, the IDF spokesman said that soldiers had not seen civilians near the scene of the battle. The IDF spokesman did not rule out the possibility that the child was accidentally killed by terrorists, and may have fallen victim to a misfired mortar shell.
A similar fierce battle took place near the city of Khan Yunis on Friday. Terrorists used anti-tank missiles and mortar shells in a clash with IDF soldiers. Six terrorists were killed in the fighting, and there were no casualties among Israeli troops. According to the PA's Maan news agency, the terrorists involved in the fighting were members of Fatah’s Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades.
On Saturday night, sources linked to the ruling Arab Hamas party in Gaza announced that an Arab farmer had been killed in an IDF attack. However, local Arabs told the Associated Press that the man had actually been killed by a terrorist rocket that fell short of its target.