Israeli Soldiers Open Fire at Two Gazans Crossing Into Israel, One Wounded

Wounded Palestinian taken for medical treatment, second for questioning, military says

An Israeli soldiers stands by a roadblock near the border with Gaza, November 2, 2017.
Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Israeli soldiers opened fire at two Palestinians who crossed the border into Israel from the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning, wounding one of them, the military said.

The wounded man was evacuated for medical treatment, while the other was taken in for questioning. The military said that a knife was found on one of them.

The incident comes a week after the Israeli military raised its alert level, taking various measures in the wake of assessments that the Islamic Jihad group in Gaza will attempt to carry out an attack.

The leadership of the group threatened to revenge Israel's bombing of a cross-border attack tunnel near Gaza last month, in which 12 members of Islamic Jihad and Hamas were killed.

This was the first time such measures were taken since the 2014 Gaza war ended.