A fresh wave of fighting has erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, leaving at least six militants dead just as Israel and Hamas had appeared to be making progress toward ratcheting down months of border violence.
Details were still emerging of the incident that Palestinian officials said occurred east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.
"The (Israeli) force, including Lieutenant-Colonel M., kept its cool, returned fire and evacuated itself together with the (help of the) air force back into Israel", Manelis said.
Rocket-warning sirens were later sounded in southern Israel.
Hamas has been leading the protests to ease a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade that was imposed in 2007 in order to weaken the militant group.
One Israeli soldier has been killed along the Gaza border in that time.
Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is visiting in Paris, held consultations on the topic while the Zionist War Minister Avigdor Lieberman is holding consultations at the military headquarters in Tel Aviv.
The burst of violence threatens to further escalate conflict between Israel and Hamas amid recent efforts by both sides to try to tone down weeks of tensions.
Rocket-fire from Gaza and Israel air strikes against militant targets have been a regular occurrence.
Earlier, Hamas' armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, said Israeli undercover forces in a civilian vehicle infiltrated three kilometers (two miles) into Gaza and fatally shot Nour el-Deen Baraka, its local commander in Khan Younis town.
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One Israeli soldier has been killed on the Gaza-Israel border by a Palestinian sniper during the same period.
Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza identified the casualties in the exchange of fire that followed Baraka's assassination as: Nouriddin Salama, 37, Mohammad al-Qarra, 23, Alaa Qweeder, 22, Mustafa abu-Odeh, 21, and Mahmoud Musabbeh, 25.
One officer was killed and a second was wounded, it said.
Qatar has also said it would hand out $100 to each of 50,000 poor families, as well as larger sums to Palestinians wounded in clashes along the Gaza-Israel border.
Israel's military later said the operation had ended.
Sunday's development shattered what appeared to be a turning point after months of bloodshed along the Israel-Gaza border, with weekly Hamas-led protests drawing thousands to the perimeter fence with Israel.
Netanyahu had earlier defended his decision to allow Qatar to transfer the cash to Gaza despite criticism from within his own government over the move, saying he wanted to avoid a war if it wasn't necessary.
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The IDF team was able to make the risky trek back to Israeli territory and successfully extract Lt. -Col.