An IDF (Zahal) soldier was moderately wounded during an exchange of fire near the security fence in the central Gaza Strip. The soldier was evacuated by helicopter to a hospital for further treatment.

Earlier this evening, December 11th, IDF (Zahal) soldiers identified two suspects near the security fence in the central Gaza Strip. The force fired towards the suspects, and they were killed as a result. During searches at the scene, shots were fired at the force, apparently resulting in the injury of one of the soldiers. An additional fire exchange took place in the area a short time later, but resulted in no casualties among IDF (Zahal) soldiers. The incident is currently being investigated.

Approximately 100 terror-related incidents took place near the security fence surrounding the Gaza Strip since the beginning of 2010, an average of one incident every three days.

The IDF (Zahal) holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for maintaining the calm in the Gaza Strip and for any terrorist activity emanating from it. The IDF (Zahal) will also continue to respond harshly to any attempt to use terror against the State of Israel.