Heavy Gunfire From Gaza Hits Israeli Town; None Hurt, Damage Caused

Israel shells Gaza after 2 Palestinians breach border, one said killed ■ IDF says shots fired at troops while chasing the two, who crossed into Israel to carry out an attack

Heavy fire from Gaza hits southern Israeli town; none hurt, damage caused

Heavy gunfire from Gaza hit the southern Israeli town of Sderot on Monday, causing damage to local structures and cars. No one was hurt in the incident.

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The shooting attack comes as Israel braces for a possible response from the Islamic Jihad for the killing of three of its operatives on Sunday.

Heavy fire from Gaza hits southern Israeli town; none hurt, damage caused

The Israeli military said it fired shells at an outpost in the northern Gaza Strip earlier Monday after Israeli forces arrested two Palestinians for breaching the border and crossing into Israel from Gaza.

Shots were fired toward Israeli forces while chasing the two, who, according to the Israel Defense Forces, were found to be carrying knives, flammable material and tools to cut the border fence. The IDF added that the two entered Israel with the aim of carrying out an attack.

According to Gaza's Health Ministry, a man was killed in the Israeli strike and a second sustained moderate wounds. The ministry identified the former as Mohammad Ardia, 30, and said one of the men was a member of an armed faction.

Meanwhile, the ministry said a Palestinian man who was shot by Israeli forces near the border fence in the Gaza Strip died of his wounds. The man, Nasser Arf al-Arini, 28, was critically wounded two weeks ago in eastern Jabalya, a city in northern Gaza.

The death of al-Arini raised the number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip since March 30, the start of the demonstrations, to 117. In the past few days, two other Palestinians succumbed to wounds they sustained protesting along the fence: Yasser Habib, 24, and Hussein Abu Awida, 41.

According to Gaza's Health Ministry, 330 Palestinians who were wounded by Israeli army fire during the weekly demonstrations are still in serious condition. During last Friday's border protest, 109 wounded Gazans were evacuated to hospitals. No fatalities nor serious injuries were reported.

On Sunday morning, the Israeli army struck a Hamas target in the southern Gaza Strip with tank fire, killing three Palestinians. The Israeli army said the attack came in response to an explosive charge being placed near the fence, which exploded while being dismantled.

The reports come hours after the Israeli air force attacked Hamas targets near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Saturday night. The IDF said the targets were struck in response to an incident earlier Saturday, in which four Palestinians from Gaza crossed the border fence into Israel and threw a firebomb before fleeing back under Israeli fire.

According to the military, the four Palestinians were in Israel for about a minute and left behind a tent that read "The March of Return. Returning to the land of Palestine.