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Mortar fire injures two Israeli soldiers

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A military spokesman says the soldiers were "lightly injured"
  • The mortar fire comes a day after Israeli soldiers shot a militant along the Gaza border
  • The soldiers opened fire after identifying militants planting an explosive, the military says

Jerusalem (CNN) -- Two mortars fired from Gaza early Tuesday lightly injured two Israeli soldiers, a military spokesman said.

The blasts came a day after Israeli soldiers responding to mortar fire from Islamic Jihad militants shot and killed one of the militants along the border with Gaza, Islamic Jihad sources told CNN.

The soldiers opened fire Monday after identifying a group of Palestinian militants planting an explosive device near a security fence in southern Gaza, an IDF spokesman said.

In addition to the militant who died, a soldier was lightly injured and taken to a hospital, the spokesman said.

The military identified the fatality as "a prominent field operative" who participated in an exchange of fire in March that resulted in the deaths of two soldiers.

A number of bulldozers entered the area near the fence and left a short time later. Militants often plant explosive devices near the fence, the military said.

CNN's Michal Zippori contributed to this report.