The Israeli army said troops identified two armed men approaching the fence near the Karni crossing and opened fire, hitting the two men. The men lay in a no-man zone until a Palestinian ambulance evacuated them, the army said.
The Palestinian militants, one dead and one seriously wounded, were found with assault rifles and dressed in military fatigues, hospital officials said. The Israeli troops prevented the Palestinian ambulance from approaching the men for an hour, the officials said.
No militant group immediately took responsibility for the attempted attack. Palestinian militants frequently try to infiltrate Israel along the Gaza fence, but rarely succeed. Israel dismantled 21 Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip in September, ending 37 years of occupation there, reports the Ap.