Palestinians enter Israel-controlled border crossing

Palestinians on Wednesday entered an Israeli-controlled border crossing where EU-funded fuel is piped into the Gaza Strip, killing at least two Israelis, the Israeli army said.

Palestinians enter Israel-controlled border crossing
Palestinian fighters on Wednesday entered an Israeli-controlled border crossing where European Union-funded fuel is piped into the Gaza Strip, killing at least two Israelis, the Israeli army said.

An unconfirmed report by an Israeli emergency service said two Palestinian men also were dead.

Fighters from three movements, not including Hamas, infiltrated the crossing, at Nahal Oz, said a spokesman for one of the groups, the Popular Resistance Committees.

"They entered Nahal Oz and the fuel depot. They shot at two Israelis dead and two wounded," an Israeli army spokeswoman said.

Western diplomats said Nahal Oz was raided after completion of the latest delivery of EU-funded fuel to the Gaza Strip's main power plant.

The Zaka emergency service said two Palestinian men were killed as well.

Spokesmen for groups said the men withdrew back into the Gaza Strip, under fire from pursuing Israeli helicopters.

Earlier, in a separate incident, an Israeli soldier and a Hamas fighter were killed in clashes in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army and Palestinian medical staff said.

Hamas had warned on Tuesday of an explosion in the territory if Israel continued its economic blockade. Israel tightened its cordon over the Gaza Strip since June.
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