Last updated: 16 August, 2011

Israelis kill Palestinian teenager in Gaza

A Palestinian teenager was killed by Israeli gunfire in the Gaza Strip as he came near to the border with Israel, Palestinian medics and witnesses said.

The 17-year-old had approached the border east of the refugee camp of Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip, the sources said.

An Israel army spokeswoman confirmed to AFP that “soldiers opened fire at a suspect who was approaching the border fence in this sector, and hit the suspect.”

The Israeli army opens fire systematically on Palestinians who go near the border fence separating the Gaza Strip from the Jewish State to prevent attacks on patrols, infiltration attempts or bids by suspects to plant bombs.

Earlier on Tuesday Palestinian medics reported that a Palestinian was killed and seven wounded in at least four overnight Israeli air strikes across Gaza.

The Israeli military said its aircraft had targeted four areas in the Gaza Strip in response to the firing of a Grad rocket from the Palestinian territory into southern Israel.