March 26th, 2010
04:52 PM ET

2 Israeli soldiers, 2 Palestinian militants killed in clashes

[Updated, 4:52 p.m.]  Israel Defense Forces identified its dead soldiers as Staff Sgt. Ilan Sviatkovsky and Maj. Eliraz Peretz.

After seeing the "terrorists" plant explosives, IDF moved forward and fired, killing two militants, said Southern Command Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant, according to IDF's Web site. 

"The soldiers advanced in a proper operational manner and when the terrorists were seen moving westward, tanks that were stationed undercover opened fire," Galant said, according to IDF's Web site. "One of the terrorists approached the forces point blank and opened fire." 

Sviatkovsky was killed when a bullet hit a hand grenade that was on his vest, IDF said. The explosion also wounded the two other soldiers. Peretz was killed in an exchange of fire, IDF said. 

[Updated, 4:45 p.m.] The number of Palestinian civilians hurt now stands at eight, local medical sources said. Two of them - including a child - were seriously wounded and two others were moderately wounded, the sources said. 

Meanwhile, Hamas said one of its fighters was killed, and it lost contact with another. 

[Posted, 1:42 p.m.] Two Israeli soldiers and two Palestinian militants were killed in a gunfight Friday in Gaza, authorities said. 

Israel Defense Forces said there was exchange of fire "with terrorists who were planting explosives along the security fence in the Gaza Strip." 

Two other soldiers were wounded. 

Along with the two Palestinian militant deaths, four Palestinian civilians were hurt, local medical sources said. 

The military wing of Hamas, the Palestinian group that controls Gaza, said in a statement that its forces clashed with Israelis near the Khan Yunis area of southern Gaza.

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  1. Ron M.

    If these were East and Germans back in the day of the Berlin Wal, we would hail them as freedom fighters!

    March 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KS67

    If they were Israeli, they were terrorists, not soldiers.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TisTimeWeDefySpecialInterests

    Let's get this straight, Palestinians armed with rocks are terrorists? Palestinians who want to fight for their right to exist are terrorists. Can you in all honesty say that Israel is not terrorizing these people by enclosing them in ghettos? There are too many Israeli extremists who are being portrayed as "peace loving" democrats. Let's reverse the role, Say the Palestinians were in control and the Israelis locked off into Ghettos, Would you call the Israelis who fight back terrorists? Did you know that an average Palestinian family gets less water to drink than what each Israeli uses to bathe every day? I support the existence of a just Israel, not another indoctrinated theocratic state that's trying to hijack the US into supporting it's special interests.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mellie

    Jerusalem, the Gaza strip and the west bank all belong to Israel. It is THIER land. THIERS. God gave it to them. Please read Genesis 12:1-7, 13:14-16, 15:18, Deuteronomy 9:4-6, Joshua 1:1-11, 21:43-45. Palestine has ZERO claim to Jerusalem or any other part in Israel. As America turns its back on Israel, God will fight for her. I promise. It is in His word. Israel will not fall nor be taken over by "so called Palestine." Palestine will fall.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lin

    Hamas said that they were trying to kidnapped a solider when it happened..
    Where is the outcry from the UN?

    March 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chris

    Millitant activities against any occupying force is completly legit. Its fighting for freedom.
    Killing soldiers of the occupying force can never been seen as Terrorism. If killing soldiers is terrorism then all soldiers would be terrorists too.
    The isreali occupation is a breach of international charters.
    I commend the palistinian resistance. Even though their odds are terrible and they are completly outgunned, they never give up.
    Dont give up.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Johnyboy

    Wow this is a first usually its like a 1000:1 ratio. Israel does not want peace, they are the aggressors ever since they set foot into what they call Israel they automatically declared a war on the native residents of that territory.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. J.J. in the USA

    Man, Hamas and the p-stinians sure love to blow up Jews.
    Long live the IDF.
    We support you as peace-loving people.
    JJ

    March 26, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lin

    good message to the israeli army..you try to go inside gaza.
    ..long live gaza..long live palestine..peace
    ===========
    The soldiers did not go into Gaza they were ambushed..even Hamas
    says that..and for the record there is nothing about peace in your post.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Asher Yama

    let me see : Hamas ambushes israeli soldiers and kills 2 then there is a fire fight and 2 palestenians get killed. Then CNN's headline reads:' 2 Israeli soldiers ,2 Palestenians killed'.
    Am I missing something or CNN became the Al -Jazeera subsidiary ?
    How about considering who caused this , who is the agressor and who defended ?
    When Israel will retaliate – I'm sure the headlines will be bold and screaming at Israels direction.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jkoppel

    Here's a point that's lilttle publicized.

    Isreali Indepencence day was May 14, 1948. British Palestine had been broken up into "Isreal" and "Palestine"

    Unfortuanately, Palestine was not contiguous.

    On May 15, 1948, approximately 1,000 Lebanese, 5,000 Syrian, 5,000 Iraqi, and 10,000 Egyptian troops (initial numbers) invaded the newly established state. Four thousand Jordanian troops invaded the Corpus separatum region encompassing Jerusalem and its environs, as well as areas designated as part of the Arab state by the UN partition plan.

    Here's the kicker...Of the land that was designated by the Partition Plan to be Palestine, Egypt grabbed the Sinai Peninsula, Jordan grabbed the Gaza Strip, and Syria the Golan.

    That comprised 53% of Palestine...

    Why are the Palestinians not attacking those three countries?

    March 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. obama akbar

    The people that say free Palestine are either stupid or brainwashed. First of all, Israel has never taken a foot of land from arabs. All land before 1948 was purchased by jews from arabs. Then when they were attacked by all of the middle east following independence they gained all the land that the arab armies vacated as they ran for the hills. Israel has offered a two-state solution several times just to have palestinians back out each time. Even with a state, the arabs would still attack Israel. They preach wiping them from the map every day on international tv.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gabriel

    So ironic, rich states are building walls, like the wall around Gaza to separate themselves from their neighbors.
    These terrorists ironically tried to blaze that stupid wall; I think this is a shame, that the world accepts these divisions to go on.
    The world is everyone’s; it is WHOLE and round that is the HOLY. Ironically have religions done the opposites, dividing. Cant we see that that is opposed to what is WHOLE and therefore HOLY.
    To respond to the WHOLE question of the human condition is true religion and not these nonsensical divisions that people – like kids throwing sand at each other – in the name of religion do.
    We all want things in life. But there is a distinction between WHAT WE WANT and WHAT WE NEED. ALL people need FOOD CLOTS HOUSING and a sense of being safe. I feel that is this conflict is the Palestinians the poor ones, and I think we need to attend these basic needs for ALL, not only Israelis before talk about peace, which means the total negation of that which creates conflict. The FENCE is one thing, symbolizing oppression and I am sure that it will not stand there for eternity... it will fall like all walls of civilization.
    Why cant we see each other as human beings, with a similar consciousness we all feel fear we all want security.
    The paradox is that if we start with security the rehabilitation of arms and weapons we move towards uncertainty... INSTEAD we should start with uncertainty question ourselves, our own governments... start with doubt question why our states spend so much on weapons instead of fighting poverty laying the foundation of the world need. In this way we would by starting with uncertainty go towards certainty.
    I feel that the world could be a beautiful thing, but we are destroying this heaven by divisions... this is destroying the WHOLE, that which is holy.
    (Inspired by philosopher jiddhu krishnamurti)

    March 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gottotakecharge

    Do people not undertsand that there will never be peace. The other Arab nations could care less about the Palestinians. They just don't want Israel. Believe you me, if the middle east was not covered in oil, the US would care less about the region and Israel would then be able to do what they have always wanted to do. I think they should just say the heck with the US and take charge

    March 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scott

    Comment 4: The security wall greatly reduced the amount of suicide bombers that entered and carried out their acts in Israel. If you think that the policies of anybody, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Israelis, Palestinans, make them deserving of being murdered, then you my friend are the one that should be foresaken. You are a true embarassement to humans.

    March 26, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
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