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IDF soldiers stand on an APC near the Gaza border, on April 13, 2010. Photo by AP
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A Palestinian man was killed and another seriously wounded on Tuesday in an exchange of fire with Israel Defense Forces troops in the northern Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian sources.

The IDF troops reportedly opened fire after Palestinian militants shot RPGs in their direction in the early evening. The Palestinian sources said that others were hurt in various conditions.

The gun battle occurred just hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas concluded a second round of direct peace negotiations in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.

The Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip have refused to recognize the talks and vowed to take "effective" and violent measures against Israel in light of the renewed negotiations. The number of security incidents along the border has increased dramatically in recent weeks.

On Sunday, an Israel Defense Forces shell killed three Palestinians approaching the border between Israel and Gaza near the town of Beit Hanoun. Hamas security and medical officials said two of those fatalities - a 91-year-old man and his 17-year-old grandson - were civilian farmers.

It appears the grandfather and grandson, Ibrahim Abu Assad and Hussam Abu Assad, were caught in the attack after militant aimed an antitank rocket at Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border fence. It was not immediately clear whether the third casualty, identified as Liad Abbu Uda, 21, was the militant.

Hours before that incident, Palestinian militants fired four mortar shells on southern Israel.