The Israeli military says its forces have shot dead four Palestinian gunmen who had slipped into southern Israel by sea from the Gaza Strip.
Militant group Hamas has claimed responsiblity for the raid at Zikim beach and said it had been in telephone contact with the group of gunmen.
Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner said the four were killed by a combination of fire from army, air force and navy personnel.
He also revealed one Israeli soldier had been wounded during the clash.
It's been an emotionally exhausting day in Israel and Gaza as hopes for peace were raised then dashed then raised then dashed again.
In the court of international opinion, this is how Israel wins a battle and still manages to lose the war.
Until the Israelis and the Palestinians find a way of resolving the underlining conflict this will not be more than a pause.