Dec 24, 2014 7:16 AM

Israel strikes Gaza after Palestinian sniper fire

The Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) Israel deployed tank fire and an airstrike on targets in Gaza after its troops came under attack by Palestinian snipers as they were on patrol on the Israeli side of the border, the military said Wednesday.

The Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza said one of its gunmen was killed. It did not immediately comment on the sniper fire.

The Israeli military said one of its soldiers, a member of a Bedouin unit, had been seriously injured.

Israel and Hamas fought a 50-day war this summer. Gaza militants fired a rocket at Israel on Friday prompting an Israeli airstrike in retaliation the next day for the first time since that war.

"This attack, the second of this week, is a lethal violation of the relative quiet along the Gaza border and is a blatant breach of Israel's sovereignty," Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman said. He said the military "will not hesitate" to respond to any attempt to harm Israeli soldiers.


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