A Palestinian farmer in the northern Gaza Strip was shot in the head and critically wounded by IDF soldiers near the border fence on Monday. He later died of his wounds, Palestinian sources claimed.

Mustafa Abu Jarad, a 21-year-old, was reportedly on his own property when he was shot.

The IDF had no immediate comment on the shooting.

Since a ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip took effect in November, ending Operation Pillar of Defense, Palestinians have made repeated attempts to damage or breach the border fence with Israel and were injured in several cases.

On Friday, in northern Gaza, a Palestinian man was shot by the army.

Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said that Anwar Muhammad al-Mamlouk, 22, was killed by Israeli fire east of the Jabalya refugee camp.

In that incident, a group of farmers from the city of Jabalya in the Gaza Strip approached the border fence and Israeli soldiers fired toward them, Palestinian sources reported.

The IDF claimed soldiers saw a group of dozens of Palestinians approaching the fence and attempting to damage it. The area immediately adjacent to the Israeli border fence is off-limits for Palestinians.

Ilan Ben Zion contributed to this report.