Gaza boy reportedly killed by Israeli troops

Palestinian medical sources say 13-year-old died from machine gun fire

Ilan Ben Zion is an AFP reporter and a former news editor at The Times of Israel.

A 13-year-old Palestinian boy was reportedly killed by Israeli fire on Thursday in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian media reported. Some reports also claimed that three Palestinians were injured in the strike near Khan Younis.

The IDF said it was not aware of the incident and was investigating the report.

Hamid Younis Abu Daqqa was hit by “machine gun fire, either from Israeli helicopters or tanks” east of Khan Younis, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency quoted Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra saying.

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He was pronounced dead at a Khan Younis hospital, the Wafa news agency reported.

Wafa also reported that four IDF bulldozers and six tanks pushed 400 meters into the Gaza Strip as part of the operation.

Earlier on Thursday, IDF soldiers exchanged fire with Palestinian terrorists from Gaza.

According to initial reports, a work crew came under fire near Kibbutz Nirim on the Gaza border and the soldiers returned fire.

Tanks and attack helicopters were dispatched to the scene and opened fire toward suspicious areas.

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