IDF confirms it killed armed gunman at Gaza border (JERUSALEM POST) By YONI DAYAN 04/02/12)
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The IDF confirmed Sunday that it shot and killed an armed gunman in
Gaza late Saturday night.
According to a statement released by the IDF Spokesman´s Unit, IDF
soldiers identified a man digging adjacent to the security fence
along the Gaza Strip and shot at him, confirming a hit.
Following an investigation conducted Sunday morning, the soldiers
discovered an AK-47 rifle near the gunman´s remains, but did not find
an explosive device in the area.
The IDF also stated that during the past week, IDF soldiers uncovered
three explosive devices adjacent to the security fence in the Gaza
Strip. All three devices were safely diffused.
The IDF stated that such incidents are "proof of how terror
organizations use the area adjacent to the security fence in the Gaza
Strip to plant explosive devices and execute terror attacks and
kidnapping attempts against IDF soldiers, thereby endangering the
citizens of Israel and the security forces operating in the area."
The Gaza-Israel border has been largely quiet since an escalation
last month, during which Palestinian terrorists fired approximately
300 rockets into Israel while the IDF killed 25 Gazans, mostly
terrorists. Despite the relative calm, Palestinian groups have
continued firing rockets sporadically into southern Israel.
During Land Day protests last Friday, IDF soldiers killed 20-year-old
Gazan Adham Abu Salmiya after he approached the security fence,
ignored warnings by the IDF. Emergency services in Gaza also reported
that IDF forces had injured 37 Gazans- three of them seriously- after
they too approached the border fence. The IDF stated that only 29 had
been injured in the incidents. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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