Jerusalem: Israeli troops and Palestinian
militants exchanged gunfire near the Kissufim crossing point
into the Gaza Strip late today, Israel`s Channel 10 television
Without giving a casualty toll, it said the clashes
followed the arrest in the same sector of three unarmed
Palestinian apparently trying to cross illegally into Israel
in search of jobs.
An Israeli military spokesman declined
to give any immediate comment on the report. On the
Palestinian side, security officials confirmed a brief
exchange of gunfire near Kissufim.
Meanwhile, a rocket fired from Gaza toward southern
Israel landed on the Palestinian side of the border, according
to an Israeli army source.
Earlier, another rocket from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip
into Israel landed in an empty field without causing any
casualties or damage, police said.
Gaza militants have now fired 11 rockets since Thursday,
including one that killed a Thai farm labourer in southern
The renewed fire comes after a year of quiet since Israel
launched a devastating assault on the Gaza Strip in December
2008 aimed at halting rocket fire.
About 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in
the 22-day war.
Israel routinely responds to rocket attacks with air
strikes targeting smuggling tunnels on the Gaza-Egypt border
and workshops Israel says are used to make rockets.