As the international community was focusing its attention on Israel's interception of the flotilla that was aiming to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip, two Palestinian terrorists infiltrated Israel from the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday.
Both gunmen were killed in exchanges of fire with Israeli forces. There were no injuries or damage to the Israeli soldiers, Israel Defense Forces officials said.
"The IDF remains committed to protecting the citizens of Israel and will continue to act against terror. The IDF holds Hamas solely responsible for terror emanating from the Gaza Strip," the army said in a statement.
An army spokesperson said that it's possible the infiltration attempt was linked to the trouble with the flotilla, but told CBN News that infiltration attempts along the border are a regular occurrence. In the last two weeks, there was a similar attempt in about the same location, she said.
In March, two Israeli soldiers were killed in exchanges of fire with terrorists who were planting explosives along the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip. The terrorists groups Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.
It's not yet clear what the motive of Tuesday's infiltration was. Four years ago Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was abducted in a cross border attack from the Gaza Strip, in which two other soldiers were also killed. Shalit has been in captivity since then. Hamas has refused to allow the Red Cross to visit him.
Thousands of Israelis live in a number of communities in the area. They are under threat of infiltration as well as rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. In another incident in March, a 34-year-old Thai foreign worker was killed when a Kassam rocket hit a hot house in an Israeli community just north of the Gaza Strip.
A Kassam rocket fired from Gaza landed in an open area near the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon on Tuesday.