Palestinian gunman crossed Gaza border and injured three Israeli soldiers
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Palestinian gunman crossed Gaza border and injured three Israeli soldiers

Attacker was shot and killed in the incident on Thursday morning, with the IDF also firing on a Hamas military post in response

Israeli soldiers seen walking next to Merkava tanks that are stationed in an open area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on October 19, 2018  Photo by: JINIPIX
Israeli soldiers seen walking next to Merkava tanks that are stationed in an open area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on October 19, 2018 Photo by: JINIPIX

A Palestinian gunman who crossed the border from southern Gaza into Israel shot and injured three Israeli soldiers.

The gunman was killed by other soldiers in the area in the early Thursday morning incident, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The IDF said it also fired on a Hamas military post with tank fire.

Although the man was wearing a Hamas uniform it is believed he acted alone, the IDF said in a statement. He also threw a grenade at the troops.

Two of the soldiers were lightly injured and released from the hospital. Their officer was moderately injured.

The soldier was identified as Fadi Abu Salah, whose disabled brother was killed by Israeli soldiers during protests in May on the Gaza border.

The family of Lt. Hadar Goldin, who was killed by Hamas gunmen exactly five years ago — two hours into a cease-fire during the 2014 Gaza War and whose body is being held in Gaza — has called on the Israeli government to not turn over Abu Salah’s body until their son’s is returned.

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