Two Israeli soldiers were wounded when Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired two mortar shells into southern Israel on Tuesday.
The artillery fire came as part of escalating tension along the Gaza border that began a day earlier when Palestinian terrorists fired two rockets into southern Israel. There were no injuries in Monday's rocket attack.
Another Israeli soldier was wounded by sniper fire while intercepting a Palestinian terrorist cell in the Gaza Strip on Monday.
Israeli forces spotted the terrorists moving toward the Gaza security fence, presumably with the intent of planting a bomb there for use against Israeli border patrols. Since the start of the year, Gaza-based terrorists have tried to plant 35 bombs along the security fence.
In Monday's confrontation, the Israeli troops opened fire on the terrorists, killing at least one. The terrorists returned fire, wounding one of the soldiers. The wounded soldier was evacuated to Soroka Hospital in nearby Beersheva in moderate condition.