soldiers repairing fence in gaza Eli Hershkowitz
Soldiers making repairs along the Gaza border this week. "The most exposed squad in the area," says one officer. Photo by Eli Hershkowitz
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Israel Defense Forces soldiers early Thursday killed two armed Palestinian militants suspected to trying to infiltrate through the Gaza Strip border.

The troops opened fire on the two militants as they were in the midst of laying explosives at the fence near Kibbutz Kfar Aza. None of the soldiers was wounded.

There has been a rise in attempts by Palestinian militants to bomb targets along the border recently, as well as to launch rockets at Israel.

Last month, the Israel Air Force carried out a number of strikes on the Gaza Strip after a barrage of mortar shells, a Grad rocket and a phosphorous bomb were fired at the western Negev.