Soldier killed by Palestinian gunman, Israeli military says
June 1, 2012 -- Updated 1554 GMT (2354 HKT)
Smoke billows from the Gaza Strip as an Israeli army tank monitors the area on the southern Israel-Gaza border Friday.
- NEW: The body of the purported gunman is delivered back to Gaza, security forces there say
- The Israeli military provides the name of the Israeli soldier killed by the militant
- Four Palestinians are injured in an Israeli air strike, Gaza security sources say
- Two rockets fired out of Gaza hit a target in southern Israel, the Israeli military says
Jerusalem (CNN) -- An Israeli soldier was killed early Friday in an exchange of fire with a Palestinian militant near the southern Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said.
The Palestinian gunman "was identified infiltrating Israel" and was shot dead after he fired on Israeli soldiers, a military spokesman said in a statement.
The Israel Defense Forces said Staff Sgt. Netanel Moshiashvili was killed.
The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad initially claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the gunman as Ahmed abu Nasser. He was on a mission to hunt and capture an Israeli soldier, according to a statement released by the group.
Israel returns Palestinian remains
Group officials told CNN the gunman had managed to enter an Israeli military base and overcome an Israeli soldier before he was taken down by other forces.
Shortly after making that statement, the group's spokesman called CNN back and retracted it, saying the group now denies responsibility.
The body of Ahmed abu Nasser was delivered by the Israeli authorities back to Gaza on Friday afternoon, security forces in Gaza said.
Meanwhile, four Palestinian members of the Popular Resistance Committee, a militant group, were critically injured as a result of an Israeli air force strike after launching rockets at Israeli territory, security forces in Gaza told CNN.
The IDF confirmed that two rockets fired out of Gaza hit the Eshkol regional council in the south of Israel.
The IDF "will continue to operate against anyone who uses terror against the residents of the state of Israel," it said in a written statement. "The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip."
The latest violence comes a day after the Israeli government, in what has been described as a humanitarian gesture, handed over the remains of 91 Palestinians killed in attacks against Israeli targets over the past four decades.
The remains of 79 Palestinians were delivered to the seat of the Palestinian government in Ramallah, West Bank, where Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas presided over an official military ceremony.
Twelve bodies were to be delivered to families in Gaza.
Israel imposed an economic blockade of Gaza when the militant group Hamas took charge in 2007. It says the blockade is needed to stop the transit of weaponry to be used by militants in attacks on Israel.
CNN's Talal abu Rahma contributed to this report.
Part of complete coverage on
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1526 GMT (2326 HKT)
Advocates say the exam includes unnecessarily invasive and irrelevant procedures -- like a so-called "two finger" test.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0009 GMT (0809 HKT)
Supplies of food, clothing and fuel are running short in Damascus and people are going hungry as the civil war drags on.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1801 GMT (0201 HKT)
Supporters of Richard III want a reconstruction of his head to bring a human aspect to a leader portrayed as a murderous villain.
February 5, 2013 -- Updated 1548 GMT (2348 HKT)
Robert Fowler spent 130 days held hostage by the same al Qaeda group that was behind the Algeria massacre. He shares his experience.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0507 GMT (1307 HKT)
As "We are the World" plays, a video shows what looks like a nuclear attack on the U.S. Jim Clancy reports on a bizarre video from North Korea.
The relationship is, once again, cold enough to make Obama's much-trumpeted "reset" in Russian-U.S. relations seem thoroughly off the rails.
Ten years on, what do you think the Iraq war has changed in you, and in your country? Send us your thoughts and experiences.
February 5, 2013 -- Updated 1215 GMT (2015 HKT)
Musician Daniela Mercury has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide over a career span of nearly 30 years.
Photojournalist Alison Wright travelled the world to capture its many faces in her latest book, "Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit."
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0006 GMT (0806 HKT)
Europol claims 380 soccer matches, including top level ones, were fixed - as the scandal widens, CNN's Dan Rivers looks at how it's done.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1237 GMT (2037 HKT)
That galaxy far, far away is apparently bigger than first thought. The "Star Wars" franchise will get two spinoff movies, Disney announced.
February 8, 2013 -- Updated 0718 GMT (1518 HKT)
It's an essential part of any trip, an activity we all take part in. Yet almost none of us are any good at it. Souvenir buying is too often an obligatory slog.
Today's five most popular stories