GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A gunbattle along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on Friday killed a Palestinian militant and an Israeli soldier, the military said, in the latest flare-up along the volatile frontier.
The Israeli military said the Palestinian militant cut through the border fence separating Hamas-run Gaza from southern Israel and opened fire on troops, killing one soldier. Israeli forces killed the militant in the ensuing shootout, said Col. Tal Hermoni.
The border has been mostly calm since the last escalation in March, but shootouts such as Friday's and other violence raise concerns of a new flare-up between Israel and Gaza-based militants.
Also Friday, Israeli airstrikes hit a car in Gaza, killing one person and seriously wounding two more, said Gaza health official Adham Abu Salmia.
A Palestinian militant group called the Popular Resistance Committees said the men in the vehicle were group members returning from a training camp when their car was struck. The Israeli military said the strikes were in response to two rockets launched Friday from Gaza that landed in southern Israel, causing no damage or injuries.
No group took responsibility for Friday's border shooting, but in a text message sent to journalists the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad welcomed the attack. It identified the militant as Ahmad Nassar and called him the "martyr who has carried out the heroic attack."
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