A Palestinian man who approached the Gaza Strip border fence was shot dead by IDF soldiers Thursday near the Shuja’iyya neighborhood in east Gaza City. Another Palestinian was injured by Israeli fire as well, the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported.
According to the IDF spokesman’s office, the two Palestinians had entered a restricted zone near the Gaza border and had attempted to sabotage the Israeli security fence.
Twenty-six-year-old Ibrahim Suleiman Mansur was pronounced dead after being shot in the head, AFP reported.
The second Palestinian, 21, sustained light injures and was rushed to a nearby hospital for further treatment, according to Ma’an.
Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra denied that the two had caused any harm to the security fence and instead claimed that they had been collecting gravel, AFP reported.