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Israel strikes Gaza after Palestinian sniper fire on troops patrolling Israeli side of border

  • An Israeli soldier wounded at Gaza border is brought to a hospital in Beersheba, Israel, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. The Israeli military said it deployed tank fire and an airstrike on targets in Gaza after its troops came under attack by Palestinian snipers as they were on patrol on the Israeli side of the border. ( AP Photo/Dudu Grunshpan) ***ISRAEL OUT***

    An Israeli soldier wounded at Gaza border is brought to a hospital in Beersheba, Israel, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. The Israeli military said it deployed tank fire and an airstrike on targets in Gaza after its troops came under attack by Palestinian snipers as they were on patrol on the Israeli side of the border. ( AP Photo/Dudu Grunshpan) ***ISRAEL OUT***  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian mourners carry the body of Hamas militant, Tayseir Smeiry, who was killed by an Israeli tank fire near the border fence between Gaza Strip and Israel, during his funeral in Town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Israel deployed tank fire and an airstrike on targets in Gaza after its troops came under attack by Palestinian snipers as they were on patrol on the Israeli side of the border, the military said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinian mourners carry the body of Hamas militant, Tayseir Smeiry, who was killed by an Israeli tank fire near the border fence between Gaza Strip and Israel, during his funeral in Town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Israel deployed tank fire and an airstrike on targets in Gaza after its troops came under attack by Palestinian snipers as they were on patrol on the Israeli side of the border, the military said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian mourners gather around the body of Hamas militant, Tayseir Smeiry, who was killed by an Israeli tank fire near the border fence between Gaza Strip and Israel, during his funeral in Town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Israel deployed tank fire and an airstrike on targets in Gaza after its troops came under attack by Palestinian snipers as they were on patrol on the Israeli side of the border, the military said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinian mourners gather around the body of Hamas militant, Tayseir Smeiry, who was killed by an Israeli tank fire near the border fence between Gaza Strip and Israel, during his funeral in Town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. Israel deployed tank fire and an airstrike on targets in Gaza after its troops came under attack by Palestinian snipers as they were on patrol on the Israeli side of the border, the military said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)  (The Associated Press)

The Israeli military said it deployed tank fire and an airstrike on targets in Gaza after its troops came under attack by Palestinian snipers as they were on patrol on the Israeli side of the border.

It said it "immediately responded" to the Palestinian shooting attack on Wednesday.

The Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza said one of its members has been killed. It did not immediately comment on the sniper fire.

Gaza residents said the sound of explosions and gunfire lasted about half an hour.

Israel and Hamas fought a 50-day war this summer.

Gaza militants fired a rocket at Israel on Friday prompting an Israeli airstrike in retaliation the next day for the first time since that war.