Palestinians fire at IDF patrol on Gaza border

Tank shoots at source of attack after bullets smash windshield of army jeep inside Israeli territory

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Illustrative photo of an Israeli tank along the Gaza border (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash 90)
Illustrative photo of an Israeli tank along the Gaza border (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash 90)

Palestinian gunmen inside the Gaza Strip opened fire at an IDF patrol operating on the Israeli side of the border fence, the IDF said on Thursday afternoon.

There no injuries reported but the windshield of the jeep was smashed by bullets.

An IDF tank in the area fired back at the source of the shooting.

According to Ynet, the incident happened near Kibbutz Be’eri.

On Sunday Gazan medics said Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian farmer near the border in northern Gaza

It was the first deadly shooting since August, when a truce agreement ended a 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.

The 50-day summer conflict, during which Gaza terror groups fired some 4,500 rockets and other projectiles at Israel and staged several cross-border attacks through a network of tunnels, claimed the lives of over 2,000 Palestinians, about half of them said by Israel to be combatants. Seventy-two Israelis, the majority of them soldiers, and one Thai national working in Israel, were also killed.

The war ended in late August in an Egyptian-brokered interim truce agreement, after which the sides were set to resume indirect negotiations in Cairo over a more long-term deal and tackle thorny issues such as the return of the remains of two IDF soldiers, the easing of the blockade on Gaza and the rehabilitation of the Palestinian enclave. The rehabilitation has only haltingly commenced.

The fate of the talks remains unclear as Egypt last month refused to receive the Islamist group’s delegation to the negotiations, following a deadly terror attack in the Sinai which killed over 30 Egyptian troops, and in which Hamas, which rules the Strip, was accused of being involved.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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