As three Palestinians were attempting to sabotage Israel’s security fence with Gaza by planting explosive devices Sunday afternoon, Golani Brigade soldiers spotted the trio, opening fire that killed 2 and wounded the third.
By Yoav Zitun and Elior Levy
IDF soldiers killed two Palestinians on Sunday afternoon, and shot a third while trying to cross and sabotage the southern end of the Gaza border fence, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
The third Palestinian was said to be in serious condition and was evacuated to hospital in the strip.
The IDF launched an investigation following suspicions that the Palestinians were attempting to plant explosive devices next to the fence.
The incident took place at Khan Younis when troops from the Golani Brigade’s 51st Battalion opened fire on the three suspects.
Also on Sunday, Hamas’s military wing, which blames Israel for an explosion that killed six of its members, said it had occurred “while they were tracking the biggest technological spy system Israel has planted in the Gaza Strip.”
The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades called the Saturday night blast in Deir al-Balah a “deplorable Zionist crime” perpetrated against its fighters.
The Gaza border has been a flashpoint of violent protests in recent weeks. The “Great March of Return” protest on the Gaza border resumed Friday for the sixth week in a row, with IDF officials and residents of the Gaza vicinity weary of increased usage of incendiary kites intended to set fire to their fields as some 7,000 attend the violent demonstration.
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