The soldiers were engaged in engineering works on a separation wall between the Philadelphi Route and PA-controlled Gaza when they were attacked. The Philadelphi Route runs along the Israeli-Egyptian border in southern Gaza.
It was reported later in the afternoon that the dead soldier was Avi Karuchi, 25, a reserves soldier from Be'er Sheva. He was engaged to be married two months from now. He is survived by his parents, a brother and two sisters.
One attacking terrorist was killed when Israeli forces returned fire. Islamic Jihad took responsibility for the attack, which occurred as PA leaders continue to say they are committed to the "lull" in terrorism.
Several Arab terror attacks have occurred in this area of late. The IDF has been engaged over the past several weeks in building a wall along the route to enable free mobility for the IDF forces searching for weapons-smuggling tunnels. The work on the 7-9-meter high wall is being carried out under heavy protection.
On Sabbath, IDF and GSS forces arrested a 21-year-old Islamic Jihad wanted terrorist who had planned to carry out a suicide attack in Israel. The terrorist, Raami Muhammed Hassan Kandil, was out of jail just four months when he was arrested. He was released from Israeli prison this past February in the first stage of the terrorist release that was decided upon in the Sharm el-Sheikh summit. The release was meant to bolster Abu Mazen in the PA public.
Israeli security forces uncovered an explosives lab in Jenin on Friday night, with 50 kilograms of explosives inside. IDF sappers safely blew it up.