IDF soldiers shoot Palestinian near Gaza border

IDF soldiers shoot Palestinian near Gaza border

Unarmed individual, a 10-year-old according to some reports, critically injured after approaching security fence

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

The Israeli border fence with Gaza (David Buimovitch/Flash90)
The Israeli border fence with Gaza (David Buimovitch/Flash90)

Israel Defense Forces soldiers opened fire Sunday at an unarmed Palestinian who approached the Gaza Strip border fence, near the Kissufim Crossing, after he did not respond to calls for him to halt.

The Gazan — who, according to Palestinian media, was a 10-year-old boy — suffered critical injuries as a result of the shooting and was rushed to the Soroka Medical Center for emergency treatment, Israel Radio reported.

An army spokesman told The Times of Israel that the IDF had no information regarding the Palestinian’s age.

Army Radio said soldiers believe the Palestinian may have been sent by Gaza terror groups to check whether the IDF was on alert in the area.

Later Sunday, the IDF arrested three unarmed Palestinians near the Kerem Shalom Crossing, after they crossed the border fence and entered Israeli territory. The three were taken in for questioning at a nearby security facility, the NRG news site reported.

A similar incident occurred on Saturday, when IDF soldiers arrested an unarmed Palestinian near Kibbutz Kfar Aza, after he had apparently crossed the border fence.

On Wednesday, two Palestinian men managed to walk five kilometers (three miles) into Israeli territory near Kibbutz Be’eri before being spotted and stopped by IDF soldiers. Both men, who were unarmed as well, were taken in for questioning, according to Channel 10.

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