Last updated: 20 December, 2013

Palestinian shot dead by Israelis in Gaza

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian Friday in the northern Gaza Strip near the border with the Jewish state, emergency services and the news agency of the Hamas government said.

The man’s body was recovered east of Beit Hanun, the emergency services said.

Al-Rai news agency confirmed “the martyrdom of a young man of around 20 shot by the occupiers’ bullets.”

The Israeli said it had opened fired at Palestinians near the border and scored hits in retaliation to Palestinian violence, including the launching of a mortar round that hit southern Israel.

“During the past few hours several incidents took place along the security fence with the Gaza Strip,” a statement said.

“Palestinians caused damage to the northern security fence, fired a mortar shell that hit the Shaar HaNegev regional council, rioted and hurled rocks at soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip and neared the fence in an attempt to enter Israel.”

“Soldiers attempted to contain these violent events by calling out to the Palestinians but to no avail, and in accordance with the incident used live fire. Several hits were identified.”

Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the Gaza emergency services, said four other Palestinians were also wounded by Israeli gunfire near the border.

The last deadly incident in Gaza was on November 1, when four Hamas militants were killed and five Israeli soldiers wounded during an army operation to destroy a Gaza-Israel tunnel.