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      IDF Officer, Soldier Wounded by Terrorist Fire

      Gaza terrorists ambushed an IDF unit working near the Gaza security fence, wounding two; both evacuated to hospital
      By Gabe Kahn
      First Publish: 5/23/2012, 4:41 PM

      Gaza Boundary
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      An IDF officer and soldier were wounded in a live fire incident near the Gaza security fence on Wednesday.

      The two were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. IDF force returned fire at the location they believed the gunman had fired from.

      An IDF official told Arutz Sheva that attacks on soldiers near the fence by Gaza's assorted terror gangs are "routine" and typically focus on "quantity over quality."

      Placing explosives, sniping, firing mortars, and trying to move antitank weapons into place to fire are are "regular" tactics, the official said.

      Last Thursday morning, IDF forces fired on a private car that approached the now-defunct Karni crossing. The soldiers fired on the vehicle after the driver ignored warning their warning shots.  

      Palestinian Authority affiliated media outlets quoted Hamas officials who claimed seven Gazan "farmers" were wounded by the IDF fire.

      However, IDF officials said they were unaware of any shots hitting the occupants of the vehicle, and the story was not confirmed by Gazan medical officials.

      The fields of northern Gaza are routinely used by terrorist gangs to fire rockets at Israel's southern communities.

      IDF fire in these cases invariably targets confirmed rocket launching teams who pose an immediate threat.

      However, terrorists frequently use the local civilian population as cover, and fire rockets from population centers as a matter of course.