Israeli troops kill Gaza militant: medics

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli forces killed one Palestinian militant near a border crossing with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Thursday, medical workers said.

Gunmen from al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, an armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction, and another militant group attacked an Israeli army position near the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, the groups told Reuters by telephone.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the troops shot at the gunmen after being attacked. The border crossing was closed after the attack, she said.

Israel said on Wednesday it would support efforts by Egypt to reach a truce in the Gaza Strip but instructed the army to prepare for possible military action in the territory if mediation failed.

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