Israeli troops fired at a group of Palestinians who were approaching the Gaza border fence early Wednesday morning. A few hours earlier, a Palestinian gunman fired at IDF soldiers near the border. The IDF responded with tank fire.

Palestinians in Gaza

Palestinians in Gaza Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

IDF forces opened fire on five Palestinians who approached the Gaza border fence early Wednesday morning. According to the IDF, at least one of the suspects was armed. Palestinian media outlets are reporting that three of the Palestinians were injured by the Israeli fire, which also hit a nearby Hamas post.

On Tuesday evening, shortly after Israelis stood in silence in memory of the members of security forces and terror victims who have died since 1948, gunshots were fired from the southern Gaza Strip at IDF soldiers stationed near the border. In response, the IDF fired tank shells at a Hamas post. According to the IDF, the gunfire originated from the same site where violent riots have taken place in recent weeks.

Earlier this week, the IDF announced that a Hamas terror tunnel that stretched into Israel from the Gaza Strip was destroyed. Intensive intelligence and technological efforts facilitated the Israeli operation to thwart the attack tunnel, which had been monitored by the military for quite some time.

The IDF stressed that even though the tunnel, which began in Jabaliya, crossed into southern Israel, the residents of the area were not in any danger. The military decided to destroy the tunnel by sealing it up rather than bombing it.

“We are starting the week with an impressive intelligence and operational achievement, the destruction of another terror tunnel, the longest and deepest that has been exposed so far. A tunnel whose digging cost millions of dollars—money that instead of helping the needs of the residents, is drowning in sand,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman wrote on Twitter this morning. “Residents of Gaza, Hamas is burning your money on tunnels that don’t lead anywhere. We will reach every last one of them.”