GAZA, May 2 (Xinhuanet) -- Saraya al Quds, armed wing of the Islamic Jihad movement said Monday that they had snipered three Israeli soldiers near the town of Kahn Younis in southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said.
The group said in a leaflet to reporters that its militants opened fire at an Israeli army lookout post west of the town, and wounded three Israeli soldiers, who were guarding the Jewish settlement of Morag in between the town of Kahn Younis and the town of Rafah.
The leaflet quoted eyewitnesses as saying that they saw the Israeli soldiers falling down on the ground after they were shot by the militants.
The attack on the Israeli soldiers as well as on an Israeli army and settlers convoy in southern Gaza was retaliatory to the earlier killing of an Islamic Jihad militant leader near the northern West Bank town of Tulkarem.
Earlier, the Jihad armed wing also claimed responsibility for firing three homemade rockets at the southern Israeli town of Sderot.
The group said also in a leaflet to reporters that its militant fired from northern Gaza three homemade rockets called "Quds2" at Sderot, adding that three rockets made big explosions in the town.
An Israeli soldier and a Palestinian militant were killed Monday morning in a gun battle in a village near Tulkarem.
Palestinian security sources said that Israeli troops killed 37-year-old Shafiq Abdul Ghani, a leader of the "Saraya al Quds" in the incident.
The Israeli side said that there was an exchange of fire between Israeli troops and Jihad militants, who were believed to belong to a group that planned the Tel Aviv bombing attack in February that left five Israelis dead.
Abdul Ghani and other Jihad militants had been arrested by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) after the Tel Aviv attack, but they managed to escape from prison two weeks ago. Enditem