Exchange of fire on Gaza border kills Palestinian gunman, wounds three Israeli soldiers; Hamas military post also targeted during incident

  • A Palestinian who crossed the Gaza border into Israel overnight shot at Israeli troops

  • An Israeli tank also targeted a Hamas military post during the incident

  • There has been tension along the Gaza border since regular protests and clashes erupted there in March 2018

Jerusalem: A Palestinian who crossed the Gaza border into Israel overnight shot at Israeli troops, drawing return fire in an incident that left the Palestinian dead and three Israeli soldiers wounded, the army said Thursday.

 Exchange of fire on Gaza border kills Palestinian gunman, wounds three Israeli soldiers; Hamas military post also targeted during incident

File image of an Israeli soldier. AP

An Israeli tank also targeted a Hamas military post during the incident, Israel's military said in a statement. It said an army officer was moderately wounded and two soldiers were lightly injured by the Palestinian's shooting in the area of the southern Gaza Strip.

There has been tension along the Gaza border since regular protests and clashes erupted there in March 2018. At least 297 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza or the border area by Israeli fire since then, the majority during demonstrations and clashes. Seven Israelis have been killed.

The protests have declined in intensity recently after a truce brokered by UN officials and Egypt. Under the truce Israel agreed to take steps to ease aspects of its blockade on Gaza, which is ruled by Islamist movement Hamas. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.

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Updated Date: Aug 01, 2019 14:35:55 IST