Israel Defense Forces soldiers fired at a group of Palestinians attempting to infiltrate the West Bank settlement of Barkan late Wednesday, killing one of them. The casualty was apparently armed, the IDF spokesperson's office said.

Another Palestinian was arrested and taken into IDF custody for questioning. Soldiers are currently scanning the area for further suspects, and both the army and Palestinian officials are investigating the circumstances of the incident.

The Palestinians apparently penetrated the settlement for criminal and not terror-related purposes, the IDF said.

Due to recurring attempts by Palestinians to infiltrate the fenced-off settlement, the soldiers had been patrolling the area for several weeks, the IDF spokesperson's office said.

 Earlier Wednesday, Israel Defense Forces troops fired at suspected militants that had approached Gaza's northern border with Israel.  Two suspected militants were killed in the incident.

According to Palestinian sources, one militant was killed on the spot, while the second succumbed to his wounds several hours after the incident.

Six militants remained hospitalized, the sources reported.

According to initial reports, Israeli tanks targeted a suspected militant squad after receiving reports that a squad near the northern Strip town of Beit Hanoun had intended to fire an anti-tank missile toward another IDF unit.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers opened fire on suspects approaching a border fence but had no further comment. Palestinian medical workers claimed 7 people were wounded, including a 10-year-old girl. No other details were immediately released.