KISSUFIM CROSSING, Israel - Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops opened fire early Tuesday morning on a terror cell attempting to plant explosives along the security barrier near the Kissufim crossing with the Gaza Strip. At least one terrorist was killed.
A Givati Brigade unit backed by IDF helicopters advanced about 200 yards into the Strip.
Following the fire fight, Islamic Jihad reported that a member of its al-Quds Brigades was killed planting bombs to "stop the Israelis' advancement."
Palestinian sources said three other terrorists were injured, one critically. No IDF soldiers were hurt in the fighting.
Following the exchange of gunfire, soldiers continued to search the area to uncover any additional explosive devices the terror cell may have planted.
Last month, Golani Brigade deputy commander Maj. Eliraz Peretz and St.-Sgt. Major Ilan Sviatkovsky were killed in a similar incident along the Gaza border.
IDF units patrolling the border with the Gaza Strip remain on high alert for Palestinian terrorists attempting to plant bombs and infiltrate Israel.