IDF soldiers exchanged gunfire with Palestinian terrorists from Gaza on Thursday.

According to initial reports, a work crew came under fire near Kibbutz Nirim on the Gaza border and the soldiers returned fire.

Tanks and attack helicopters were dispatched to the scene and opened fire toward suspicious areas.

A tank suffered a direct hit by a mortar shell causing it damage.

No injuries were reported.

On Tuesday three soldiers were injured when a roadside bomb exploded while they were on patrol in the same area.