IDF troops killed two terrorists in a firefight along the security barrier near the Kissufim Crossing in southern Gaza on Tuesday morning that began when a unit stationed in the area spotted a terrorist cell planting explosives near the fence.
As shots rang out, soldiers called for backup from the Israel Air Force, according to the IDF spokesman. An IAF helicopter fired at the two terrorists, killing both. They were wearing military uniforms and were found to be heavily armed with grenades and an anti-tank missile when their bodies were checked.
Palestinian Authority sources confirmed that an IAF helicopter was involved in the exchange. According to Gaza Health Ministry official Dr. Moiya Hassanain, two other Gaza men were wounded as well. It was not clear whether they were combatants or civilians, and their condition was unknown. According to one source, a third Gaza Arab was wounded.
An Israeli soldier suffered light to moderate shrapnel wounds in the exchange of gunfire. He was airlifted to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva.
The Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza did not claim responsibility for the terrorist cell; however, the group did claim that its operatives had fired 18 mortar shells at the IDF unit.
In the past seven days there have been at least two days in which there were rocket attacks launched from Gaza on communities in southern Israel. There were no reports of injuries or damage in any of the attacks.