IDF forces reportedly shoot farmer in Gaza Strip

Army investigates allegations that Palestinian man moderately injured near border with Israel

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

IDF forces operating near the border of the Gaza Strip reportedly shot a Palestinian farmer Wednesday east of Gaza City, according to Ma’an News Agency.

The man was moderately injured, Ma’an reported.

“Lately, there have been several incidents adjacent to the Israel-Gaza security fence. IDF soldiers operate in the area in order to prevent infiltrations endangering the civilians of southern Israel,”  an IDF spokeswoman told The Times of Israel.

“The IDF is currently looking into the Palestinian report.”

The alleged incident follows a firefight on Monday, in which IDF soldiers opened fire on two Palestinians who entered a restricted zone near the Israeli border in the northern Gaza Strip.

One of the men died from his wounds, according to Palestinian sources, and the second man was apprehended after a chase, according to Hamas officials cited by Israel Radio.

The Palestinian men were spotted near the border fence and initial reports indicated they were both armed. According to the IDF, soldiers in the area opened fire when the Palestinians refused to retreat from the fence after several warnings.

An IDF official told Walla News that the army believed the men were attempting to carry out a terrorist attack on the nearby kibbutz Nir Am, based on the evidence of tampering.

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