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IDF soldiers making repairs along the Gaza border this week. Photo by Eli Hershkowitz
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Two Palestinian militants were killed and an Israel Defense Forces soldier was seriously wounded on Saturday evening in an exchange of fire on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.

The exchange of fire was prompted by an attempt by Palestinian militants to infiltrate into Israel from Gaza.

Around 9 P.M., the two armed Palestinians crawled toward the Gaza border. Soldiers from an IDF observation post saw the two near the border fence, and soldiers at the scene began shooting at them and wounded the two.

An infantry force from the IDF's Paratroopers Brigade was immediately called to the scene, and upon approaching the fence, the Palestinians opened fire and wounded one of the soldiers.

The IDF forces then proceeded to cross the fence into Gaza and killed the two Palestinians.

The wounded IDF soldier was transported to a hospital by helicopter.

In recent days, there has been an increase in the number of incidents on the border.

On Thursday morning, the Israeli Air Force attacked three Hamas targets in Gaza in response to a mortar attack from Gaza in which the security coordinator of a town in the Eshkol Regional Council was lightly wounded.

Last Tuesday, Israel Defense Forces soldiers discovered four areas along the border fence where explosive devices had been planted to target IDF patrols.

At the start of the week, an anti-tank missile was fired at an IDF tank, causing damage. The IDF has detected an improvement in the anti-tank capabilities within the Gaza Strip as a result of the smuggling of more sophisticated weapons into Gaza from the Sinai Peninsula.