Israeli settlers/ IDF elements hiding following Palestinian rockets towards southern Israel.

The IDF returned fire at a squad of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) snipers on Wednesday after the terrorists shot at IDF soldiers on the Israeli side of the Gaza fence.

“A short while ago, IDF troops identified a sniper squad of the Islamic Jihad terror organization that fired from the area of Khan Yunis in Gaza at IDF troops inside Israeli territory. No injuries were reported,” the IDF said in a statement.

“IDF troops and the Israeli Police Counter Terrorism Unit (Yamam) identified the squad through observations and fired at it. A hit was identified,” a later statement said.

The Army said it will continue operating to thwart any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip to Israeli territory.

It doesn’t appear that the sniper attack will influence Israel’s earlier announced decision on Tuesday to relax a number of restrictions on Gaza, a result of relative quiet from the Strip.

Easing includes expanding the Gazans’ permitted fishing zone from 10 to 15 nautical miles and granting permits to 7,000 day workers to enter Israel instead of the current 5,000.