An exchange of fire in an area to the south of the Gaza Strip near the Egyptian border resulted in the deaths of two Palestinians and an Israeli on Monday morning, Israeli public radio said.
According to Israeli army spokesman Yoav Mordechai, a terrorist cell penetrated the fence along the Gaza-Sinai border on Monday morning, setting off an explosive device on the Philadelphi Route and firing an RPG rocket at a team of Israeli Defense Ministry employees who were working on the construction of the border fence. One of the workers was wounded and died shortly thereafter of his wounds, Ynet news reported.
Israeli security officials claimed that Israeli forces opened fire after three Palestinians attacked a convoy of vehicles transporting Israeli construction workers by RPG rocket, channel 2 News reported.
The shooting came several hours after five Palestinians, including a woman and a child, were injured in Israeli airstrikes on southern Gaza .
Earlier Sunday evening, Israel bombed a site south of Gaza City it claimed was used by Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. That attack caused no injuries but big damages .
The Israeli military said it hit "a weapon manufacturing facility in the southern Gaza Strip and a terror activity site in the central Gaza Strip."
"Direct hits were identified at the targets. All Israeli aircraft returned safely to their bases."
The attacks were in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, the army said in a statement.
Also on Sunday, Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers stormed an area east of Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, amid heavy gun fire, injuring a Palestinian man, according to medical sources.
Witnesses said 10 Israeli military vehicles entered around 300 meters into the Gaza Strip earlier Sunday and opened fire without prior warning.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said eight mortars were fired at soldiers "during routine activity adjacent to the security fence ... in response forces fired towards suspicious areas."
Meanwhile, the Israel forces southern command claimed that at least two rockets were fired deep into southern Israel, causing no damage or casualties. It was not clear whether they were launched from Gaza or Sinai desert.
So far no resistance factions has taken responsibility for the strike.
On Monday, the Israeli government urged the Egyptian authorities to regain control of the Sinai, which is largely beyond the control of the security forces since the fall of Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. "There is no doubt that the situation in the Sinai has become an issue and what happened today is another step in the escalation . I think it s' is a big challenge "for the new president coming out of the polls after the election on Saturday and Sunday, said Deputy Prime Minister of Israel, Shaul Mofaz. "I hope and believe we can reach a security dialogue with the Egyptian military," he added.
"Regardless of whoever wins the election in Egypt, we expect him to assume international commitments made by Egypt, including the peace treaty and security arrangements in the Sinai, in order to bring a speedy end to these attacks, "stressed the Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak.
Two members of Islamic Jihad's military wing the Al-Quds Brigades were killed on Monday when Israeli military forces shelled the northern Gaza Strip, medics said.
Witnesses said the men were riding a motorcycle in a field near Beit Hanoun when Israeli forces bombed the area. Four others were injured and taken to Beit Hanoun hospital.
The Israeli military said it hit "a terrorist squad of snipers" operating near the border. The snipers were among those responsible for several recent attacks along the Gaza border, including the attempted shooting of an Israeli farmer on Thursday, the army said in a statement, Ynet news reported.