Two Palestinians Killed in Violence at Gaza Border

May 22, 2010 Updated: May 22, 2010

JERUSALEM—According to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson’s unit, two violent incidents occurred at the Gaza border on Friday. Around noon, two male Palestinian terrorists tried to cross over the border in to Israel.

IDF forces in the area spotted them, an exchange of fire ensued, and the two terrorists were killed.

According to the website of the military wing of Hamas, Martyr 'Iz Ad-din AlQassam Brigade, the victims were identified as Hamdi 'adel Abu Hamed, 16, and Nader 'Ishak Abd Alkarim, 17. The website called them “resistance fighters,” indicating they were not innocent civilians.

A few hours after the young men were killed, a Palestinian sniper shot and injured an Israeli soldier near the same area, said the IDF. The injured soldier was evacuated to a nearby hospital where he is in stable condition.

The two incidents came after a tense few days in the southern border of the Gaza Strip. On Thursday night, airplanes in a joint operation of the IDF and Israel’s General Security Organization Israeli air force planes attacked a smuggling tunnel in the northern and southern areas of the Gaza Strip.

The IDF says the attacks on the tunnels were in response to a Kassam rocket that was fired on Israel on Thursday from the Gaza Strip.