Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
IDF soldier's helmet after being hit by sniper's bullet at the Gaza border during Hamas-led riots, January 2019.

Two Israeli soldiers were shot by Gaza snipers at the border on Friday during the weekly Hamas-led violence aimed at Israel, according to the IDF Spokesperson.

An IDF combat soldier and a female soldier were wounded by sniper fire aimed from southern Gaza. Both were evacuated to hospital, where the male soldier, an officer and a tracker, is listed in fair condition. The female soldier is reported to be in good condition.

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Thousands rioted at the border in five different locations on Friday; the Hebrew-language Ma’ariv daily newspaper estimated some 2,500 Gazans were involved in the violence.

In response to the sniper fire, the Israel Air Force struck a Hamas military post in Gaza. Two terrorists were allegedly killed, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Two others were reportedly wounded.

Earlier in the day, IDF soldiers arrested a Gazan armed with a knife as he breached the border security fence and crossed into Israeli territory. The infiltrator was disarmed and handed over to security personnel for interrogation.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.