January 22, 2008 / 4:30 AM / 12 years ago

Israeli forces kill Hamas militant in Gaza: Hamas

Palestinian women clash with Egyptian riot police after Palestinian protesters stormed the Rafah border crossing with Egypt January 22, 2008. Dozens of Palestinian protesters stormed the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on Tuesday, pushing past Egyptian riot policemen, live television footage showed. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops killed a Hamas militant in a clash in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, Hamas sources said.

Hamas and Gaza residents said Israeli troops exchanged fire with Hamas militants inside the coastal strip near a border crossing between Israel and southern Gaza.

Residents said Israeli tanks crossed into the territory after the clash.

An army spokeswoman confirmed there had been a gunfight in the area.

Israeli forces frequently cross into Gaza to try to stop Islamist militants from firing rockets into Israel.

Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi, Writing by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Matthew Jones

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