A Gaza man on Friday died and another was injured after reportedly being shot by IDF troops near the northern border with Israel.
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 northern Gaza.
A group of farmers from the city of Jabalya in the Gaza Strip approached the border fence and Israeli soldiers fired towards them, Palestinian sources reported.
The IDF Spokesperson said that the soldiers discerned a group of dozens of Palestinians approaching the border fence and attempting to damage it. The area immediately adjacent to the Israeli border fence is off-limits for Palestinians.
“IDF soldiers at the scene acted in accordance with the rules of engagement,” a military source said. It added that the soldiers fired warning shots in the air, and after the rioters did not distance themselves from the proscribed area, fired shots at the legs of the men and confirmed a hit.
Thereafter, the Palestinians removed themselves from the area. Reports conflicted as to whether damage was caused to the fence.
“The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to damage the security fence and to harm the sovereignty of the state of Israel,” the Spokesperson’s Unit added.
Since ceasefire between Hamas and Israel ending Operation Pillar of Defense took effect in November, Palestinians have made repeated attempts to approach or damage the border fence with Israel. In several cases, Palestinian civilians have been injured.