Israeli Soldier Wounded in Exchange on Gaza Border; Nine Projectiles Fired at Israel

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Fighting ramped up between Israel and Gaza Wednesday evening after an Israeli offcer was moderately wounded by Palestinian snipers at the border.

The Israeli army said its troops tried to turn away Palestinian children who approached the border fence in southern Gaza when the soldiers were targeted by Palestinian snipers. The miltiary responded by attacking a number of Hamas positions in Gaza, killing three and wounding one, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry. Hamas’ military wing said the three were part of a unit to patrol border fence.

On Thursday morning, nine projectiles were fired from Gaza at Israel, most of them falling in open areas near the border fence, the military said. One projectile was intercepted by an Iron Dome anti-missile battery.

Following the exchange on the border Wednesday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman convened an emergency security meeting at the military headquarters in Tel Aviv.

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