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Armed patrol near Gaza border fence. Photo by AP
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Israel Defense Forces soldiers opened fire on Tuesday towards two Palestinians approaching the fence on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip near Kibbutz Kfar Aza.

One of the Palestinians was apparently wounded by a shell fired by an IDF tank.

The IDF said that the Palestinians were attempting to plant an explosive device near the border fence.

There were no IDF casualties in the incident.

The incident marked the first exchange of fire along the border since Hamas ordered its security forces last Thursday to enforce a cease-fire with Israel and beefed up its forces near the border to help maintain the calm.

Earlier last week, an Israeli air strike killed an Islamic Jihad militant in the Gaza Strip.