Soldier, Terrorist Killed in Abduction Attempt

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier from the Golani Brigade was killed early Friday morning by a Palestinian terrorist who infiltrated from the Gaza Strip.

Around 4:00 a.m., an armed terrorist -- under cover of fog and equipped with night vision equipment -- cut the security fence and entered Israel.

Residents of Kibbutz Nirim, near the Kissufim border crossing, were told a terrorist had infiltrated the area and to stay indoors until further notice, which turned out to be about an hour.

A short time later, the infiltrator opened fire on soldiers sent to stop him, killing St.-Sgt. Netanel Moshiashvili, 21, from Ashkelon, before he was killed. 

Gaza Division Commander Co. Tal Hermoni later told reporters the attack was "clearly planned."

"The terrorist grabbed one soldier, seeking to overpower him, and then began an exchange of fire, which left one soldier injured and later pronounced dead," Hermoni said.

Islamic Jihad initially claimed responsibility for the attack and then retracted its statement. The IDF Spokesperson's Office said it holds "the [ruling] Hamas terror group" responsible for all attacks emanating from Gaza. 

The terrorist was later identified as Ahmed Abu Nasser, from Abassan, an Arab village near the border, YNet reported.

Later Friday morning, Gaza-based Palestinians fired two mortar shells into the Eshkol Regional Council, both landing in open areas, with no reported injuries or property damage.

Just after midday, an IDF gunship scored a direct hit on a rocket-launching cell, killing four and wounding four others, the Palestinian Authority's official Ma'an News Agency reported.

Last week, an Arab sniper opened fire at an Israeli border patrol in the same area, wounding two soldiers.

Moshiashvili, who served as a medic, will be buried 's funeral will take place at noon today at the military cemetery in Ashkelon.

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