Israeli forces killed a Palestinian gunman and wounded two civilians during an incursion into the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Palestinian militants and medical sources said.
Cross-border clashes between IDF soldiers and Gaza militants erupted near the Kissufim crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel when IDF forces shot at "suspicious targets" on Tuesday evening, according to the IDF Spokesperson. In response, Gaza militants fired two mortar shells toward the soldiers, but did not cause any damage or injuries.
The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), an armed faction largely independent of Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers, said its men battled Israeli troops who crossed the border near Khan Younis and that one militant died in an air strike.
Hospital officials said two Palestinian civilians, a father and son, suffered shrapnel wounds in the incident.
The IDF Spokesperson confirmed that Israeli forces carried out an air strike which hit Gaza militants.
Israel blamed the PRC for a cross-border raid last month in which eight Israelis died. The PRC, which lost its top leaders in a retaliatory Israeli air strike, denied involvement, and Gaza saw a surge of fighting.
This marks the first escalation since the surge of violence in late August, when Egypt mediated a ceasefire between the sides.
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