Two Palestinian militants were killed and a third wounded at predawn Thursday by Israeli troops at Erez Crossing on the borders between northern Gaza and Israel, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.
Two militants were killed and the third might be detained after the three holding rifles and hand grenades stormed the crossing and clashed with Israeli soldiers stationed there, the Israeli sources said.
Citing the army sources, Israel Radio confirmed the attack.
Witnesses in northern Gaza said they heard intensive gunfire at the crossing which lasted for more than half an hour and that dozens of Palestinian workers heading to work in Israel were seen returning home.
They said there must be someone killed or wounded inside the crossing for several Palestinian ambulances waited at the Palestinian side of the crossing after the gunfire was heard.
Abu Mujahid, spokesman of the Popular Resistance Committee, said three militants, from three different militant groups stormed the crossing and clashed with the Israeli soldiers.
Two of the militants were killed while the third was either wounded or detained, he added.
He said Fatah's armed wing al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, the Mujahidin unit also affiliated to the Fatah movement and Sallah el-Dein Brigades, the armed wing of his group, have claimed responsibility for the attack in retaliation for the killing of 12 militants this week.
Israel's air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed 10 Palestinian militants this week, while armed clashes in central Gaza and the West Bank killed another two, including one Islamic Jihad (Holy War) member.