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Palestinian militant sneaks into Israel, kills one soldier

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(Read caption) Israeli soldiers man a tank position at the border with Gazar in southern Israel, Friday, June 1. A Palestinian militant crossed over the border from Gaza into Israel on Friday and fired on a group of Israeli soldiers, killing one.

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A Palestinian militant crossed over the border from Gaza into Israel today and fired on a group of Israeli soldiers, killing one and interrupting months of calm. Israeli troops returned fire, killing the militant.

According to the Associated Press, this is the first escalation since March. Two rockets from Gaza landed in southern Israel shortly after the incident.

Islamic Jihad, one of several militant groups in Gaza, sent a text message to journalists welcoming the attack and calling him a martyr, AP reports, although Reuters reports that the group denied responsibility for the attack

Although Hamas has not claimed any involvement in this latest attack and has actually shied away from any provocations of Israel lately, the Israeli military holds Hamas ultimately responsible for all attacks out of Gaza because it continues to amass weapons and has not renounced violence against Israel. 

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