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Israeli forces, Palestinian militants exchange fire in Gaza

By the CNN Wire Staff
May 1, 2012 -- Updated 2351 GMT (0751 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • IDF says soldiers came under attack; two armored vehicles damaged
  • Palestinian and medical officials in Gaza say the IDF opened fire, wounding one Palestinian
  • The IDF says Gaza's ruling Hamas government is to blame for "any terrorist activity" there

(CNN) -- Israeli forces and Palestinian militants exchanged fire Tuesday in Gaza, according to officials from both groups.

Israeli Defense Forces came under attack while soldiers were performing routine operational activities near the security fence in the central Gaza Strip, the military said.

Two armored vehicles were damaged, and Israeli aircraft and soldiers responded with fire toward "suspicious locations," the IDF said.

According to Palestinian and medical officials in Gaza, Israeli military fired toward Palestinians east of Khan Younis, wounding one Palestinian during a limited Israeli incursion inside Gaza's border area.

Islamic Jihad militants opened fire back at the Israeli military, damaging two military vehicles, the Palestinian and medical officials said.

The IDF said Gaza's ruling Hamas government is "solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip."

CNN's Kareem Khadder in Jerusalem and Michael Martinez contributed to this report.

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