Jerusalem, June 1 – A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli soldier just before dawn on Friday at Kissufim on the Gaza border.
The soldier, Staff Sergeant Netanel Moshiashvili, was in a group dispatched to the border fence after it was reported that someone cut through the chain-link barrier and entered Israel.
The Israeli unit, Golani Brigade 12th Battalion, returned fire and managed to kill the infiltrator during the subsequent gun battle.
"Due to the fast response by the force a larger terrorist attack in the area was thwarted," Col. Tal Hermoni, commander of the Gaza Division's Southern Brigade told reporters. "We are in a state of constant fighting and our mission is to protect the residents, and we do that with resolve and determination."
This was the latest in a series of incidents emanating from Gaza.
In the hours following the attempted raid, Gaza-based terrorists fired numerous mortars and rockets towards Israeli homes.
The Israel Defense Forces issued a statement following the incident:
“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians or IDF soldiers, and will operate against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.”
Sources in Gaza tied the dead gunman to the terrorist group Islamic Jihad. However, the faction denied responsibility.
Although groups like Islamic Jihad operate in Gaza, Hamas has maintained its iron-clad rule of Gaza since 2007.