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. David Armi

    There are 11 000 Palestenian in Israel Jail ( inclding Professors, shakespears, Artsts, Activist), and there is only one Israeli Soldier Kidnapped.

    The Isrelis killed thousnds of Palestenians, Palestenian killed in 10 years less than 100 Israelis

    Israels took by force 75% of Palestine, Arabs in this land are third class citizens. Israel also controls 25% of the rest of the Palestenian land. A Palestenian child can not go to school without being terrrorized by Israeli soldier. A Paletenian farmer can not get to his olive field to harvest his olives because there is a wall built seperating him and his field, or the house of his sister, or parents,

    Israeli are allowed to bring all Jews all over the world to Palestine, ("now called Israel"). Millions of Palestens live all over the world, they or their parents expelled from their land, some still have the keys of their old homes waiting to return

    Israel has no limitaion in fighting, Palestenian are in poverty, best can do 5 miles rockets, a symbol of refusing surrendering to the Racist occupier Israel

    Unfortantley AIPACS, a powerful isreli lobby care nothing about the interest of USA, despite supported by our taxes. all they care a bout a foreign country, Israel

    After all some will say Israel fighting terrorism. Is not a country built on constant use of terror
    please be fair

    March 27, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. MAK Lodhi

    One thing I have not been able to understand while studying history of various ages and civilizations: Why Jews were ousted from their countries of residence during various epochs? Why they have seen holocaust over the ages. I read that they were ousted from the ancient kingdom of Babylonia also and they could not established the Promised state anywhere for three thousand years. In that context their present state Israel was established only yesterday (1948). They will have to go a long way and they must accommodate their neighbors whoever they are, Muslims or Christians.
    On the other hand Muslims must learn to live as fellow humans with Jews, Christians or people of any religion which should be a private matter for every individual. Every human should have the right to establish a vertical relationship with God or Entity he/she believes in. I think extremists on both sides have made life difficult. Alas! we all learn this universal truth.
    MAK Lodhi
    Pakistan

    March 27, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. sab

    Israelis use the violence card every time. Why don’t people understand that when they oppress ordinary citizens to such an extent that they are effectively living in an open prison, they should expect some anger, especially when the world looks on as if nothing is happening.
    Imagine a giant wall surrounding your town; imagine working 30 minutes away from home and it taking you 2 hours each day to get there (no, not traffic, but Israeli police/army checkpoints stopping you each day!); imagine govt officials telling you the land your home is on is no longer yours; imagine not being allowed access to vital medicines; imagine armed army soldiers wandering up and down your street with the threat that tanks could be brought in ! … and that’s just the beginning of the truth facing Palestinians daily.
    There is a simple solution for the US to stop the growth of settlements, which is to remove the $3bn to $5bn annual grants given to Israel. There is no reason on earth for the US to fund this state sponsored terrorism and the sooner the American people find out the better. Media, you have a responsibility to tell people the truth !

    March 27, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. nambi

    Without justice there is no peace, Israel known this and can control this but land grab are far more important to them then the infrequent death they sustain.

    March 27, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. CJP

    There is no such thing as an arab palestinian. But what I wanted to add here is that if the shoe was on the other foot, the Israelis would building schools and homes and using all of their resources to better the lives of their people. Hamas and Fatah are so hateful, (animals actually), that they don't care about anything other than destroying Israel. Jews are peace loving people as evident by the fact that we have been the victims of so much oppression and murder throughout history. We have always been considered four eyed wimps and bad athletes, (you wouldn't have stood in the batters box and called Koufax a wimp). Now that we choose to no longer be victims we are the bad guys??? Stop crying about your land unless you are prepared to take down that large mosque that is built over the site that the Hebrews owned many years prior to the violent capture of the land on which it is built. One last fact, does anyone know how many time Jereuseum is mentioned in the Koran??? ZERO

    March 27, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Amjad

    I have recently been watching movie Sector 9, produced by Peter Jackson which reminded me the situation between Israel and Palestine.I think its fair to say that a dog in Israel is living a better and more secure life than a human being living in West bank or Gaza.
    Secondly please stop referring quotes from holy books while making any arguments (if you want them to be taken seriously) in favour of European Jews rights on a land which actually belongs to ARAB Jews, ARAB Muslims and ARAB Christians. Land belongs to the people who live there and can not be given by a fairy tale character living in a land of far far away i.,e heaven.

    March 27, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. menachem

    I kill you, you kill me I kill you how much more can we take.? it will never stop it has been going on for years.Happy Killing To All Of Us. Disgusting state of affairs!!!

    March 27, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Just the facts

    I guess if we apply the same logic and diplomatic principals we expect the Israelis to accept, we should start planning to give Phoenix, Santa Fe, and Oklahoma City back to the Mexicans and Indians.

    March 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan M

    Rest in Peace Staff Sgt. Ilan Sviatkovsky and Maj. Eliraz Peretz

    The ultimate sacrifice for the homeland.

    USA-Israel United

    March 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Insan Mukmin

    I find it amazing how some people can consider Israel to be the victim. The United Nations created Israel within fixed borders in 1948. Over the past 60 years, Israel has never kept within its UN sanctioned borders. It occupies land outside of its borders which belong to Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. Not one inch of Israeli territory is being invaded. Not only is Israel occupying foreign land, it is also annexing and building settlements on that land to some extent even demolishing the homes of the native people living on the land. When these natives fight back, they become terrorists.

    March 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    Israel considers everyone but jews to be gentiles and low lifes, a nation and founded on such wretched and barbaric mentality does not deserve anyone's support. The day is not far when pakistan, iran, turkey and arabs will use their cumulative strength and pakistan's gift of nukes to come harkening for justice.

    March 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. freedom 4all

    palestianian land has been stolen from its people thus making ISRAEL.... In 1948 the remaining JEWS that weren't killed by "Zionists" in a master plan to gain sympathy and rule the world..Were given a stolen homeland. It was thier intention to use thier fake jewery to take land that wasnt thiers.... These people could care less about JEWS they are KHAZARS wich are people like NETENYAHU who dont have an ounce of semrtic blood in thier body but claim thier right to this LAND ask any "REAL JEW" if you go to ISRAEL today there is less that "2% of semetic real Jews there.... This is all a Zionist Plot that are US government is even scared to touch... JFK died shortly after requesting to investigate ISRAEL's WMD secreat bases, and he was the last to ask ?'s now this Non-Jewish Zionist state has a terrorist at the helm who has threatened to take out European cities like Rome if we dont do as he asks.... ISRAEL is the illegitimate child that is out of controll and bites the hand that feeds it and now threatens other countries as well..... ISRAEL IS THE TRUE TERRORIST

    March 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Arram

    CNN's biased and pro terrorism writing is an insult to the intelligence of it's own readers.
    Why are Hamas terrorists involved in planting explosives called militants and "terrorists" only with quotation marks?
    Why does CNN support a murderous organisation who's only objective is to kill as many civilians as they can?

    March 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gal Maor

    As an Israeli citizen, trust me good Americans, if you don't live here, you can't understand this fight..

    The Israeli nation have been a dream to us, the jews, since the exile, and we have suffered since then, Anti-Semitism attacked us since antiquity, and all we wanted is to live in peace in the nations we lived in. and still, we were chased almost everywhere, Expulsion from Spain, Blood libel, Edict of Expulsion (expelling all Jews from England), pogroms, and our biggest nightmare, The Holocaust. and even today, there are many people, who want to delete the jews from earth.

    but, what's the different? now we have Israel, our beloved country, and now, we can protect out self, what no one have ever done for us.

    In 1948, the UN proclaimed a jewish state alongside a Palestinian state as well. the jews accept this declaration, but the Palestinians not, and they started a war against the jews and new Israel, and with them 5 Arabs nations. the jews, after the nightmares of the holocaust, fight for their freedom. many of them died in that war, even after they survived the Holocaust.

    All Israel want is to live in peace, but there are always Organizations who want to destroy Israel, like Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, and many others.

    Israel must defend her self against those organizations, that's why our army called "Israeli Defense Force", their job is to defense Israel.
    Since independence in 1948, Israel has always aspired to peace, we have offered land for peace, we move out from Gaza for peace (And now Hamas firing rockets on civilian targets deliberately innocent), Oslo, peace with Jordan And Egypt, Annapolis Conference,

    Olmert offered the Palestinians to return to 1967 borders and East Jerusalem, but they were not ready yet after all the efforts and concessions by Israel, recognize Israel as a Jewish State.

    While the Palestinians don't recognize Israel, Peace would be impossible, as long as they continue to teach their children to hate Israel, Peace would be impossible.

    All Israel want is to live in peace with all the arabs nations, in our little land, After that haunted us for so many years, all we want is peace .. Israel is a country of peace and this is our dream, that our children can live without fear of a missile fall on them, and peace with the countries around us, that our children and Palestinian children could live in a better world without war between 2 nations.

    Israel want peace.
    Long live Israel, our dream, our only home.. our lovley country.

    Hope you will read it, Gal, a proud Israeli citizen

    note: Thank you CNN for deleting my post, that contains only facts and the fact that Israel Seeks peace, compared with many anti-Israel messages left.

    March 27, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Larry Berg

    Let us get back to basics. All this land was owned and controlled by the Ottoman Empire. After the Ottoman Empire the Bristish owned all the land and created the modern Arab countries. Israel is 1% of all the land given to the Arabs, and all you hear everyday is the Arabs crying over the one percent. Here is the deal. I'll trade Israel for Saudi Arabia. Would that make the Arabs happy? By the way, how come there is no freedom of religion in the Arab countries? How many Christian churches are there in Saudi?

    March 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
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