Two Palestinians, including a gunman, were killed during clashes with the Israeli military in the town of Kafr Dan in Samaria overnight Sunday, according to Israeli media reports.

Israel Defense Forces troops entered the town, located near Jenin, to demolish the homes of terrorists involved in the Sept. 14 shooting attack on the Gilboa Crossing, in which Maj. Bar Falah was killed, according to the Israeli military.

Palestinian gunmen opened fire on the troops securing the demolition, and also stoned them, according to Kan News.

In the Sept. 14 terror attack, IDF spotters identified two suspects approaching the security fence in the vicinity of the crossing. The spotters alerted forces in the area, and two units crossed the fence from the Israeli side, circling around behind the suspects, according to the IDF.

According to the military, the Israeli forces did not at this stage know that the suspects were armed.

The soldiers were able to approach within meters of the suspects without being detected, and proceeded to initiate arrest protocols, at which point the suspects opened fire, according to the IDF. It was only then that the Israeli troops understood that they were dealing with armed terrorists, returning fire and killing both.

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