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23 Feb 2020 | 12:08 AM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: IDF engages suspected militants on Gaza border February 23 /update 1

Israeli soldiers open on fire on two suspected Palestinians militants along the Gazan border near Khan Yunis on February 23; further cross-border incidents likely

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Event

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) personnel opened fire on two Palestinian militants as they were planting an explosive device next to the security fence along the Gazan border during the early morning hours (local time) of Sunday, February 23. According to the IDF, at least one of the suspected militants was hit during the engagement near Khan Yunis. Additional gunfire and explosions were reported by local media sources in the area.

Further cross-border fire is possible along the Israeli-Gazan border over the coming hours and days.  

Advice

Individuals in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

Some Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas near the Israeli-Lebanese, Israeli-Syrian, and Israeli-Egyptian borders.