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Palestinian killed by IDF near Gaza border fence, official says

In West Bank, man shot in chest, seriously hurt, when throwing firebomb at troops

An unmanned IDF ground vehicle near the southern part of the Gaza-Israel border fence (Zev Marmorstein/IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
An unmanned IDF ground vehicle near the southern part of the Gaza-Israel border fence (Zev Marmorstein/IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

A Palestinian man was killed and another wounded by Israeli army gunfire in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday after they approached the border fence with Israel, a Palestinian official said.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said 27-year-old Muhammad Al-Masri died of his wounds after being shot near the border fence west of the Beit Lahiya area.

Another Palestinian was said to be in a moderate condition following the incident, Qudra said.

The Israel Defense Forces said that troops fired first in the air and then at the legs of one of the Palestinians after they ignored calls to move away from the fence, the Israeli website Ynet reported. Sources in Gaza said that he had been shot in the chest after trying to hang a Hamas flag on the fence. His companion was shot in the legs.

In the West Bank, a Palestinian was seriously hurt by IDF fire after he threw a Molotov cocktail at an army post next to the village of Birzeit, near Ramallah, Ynet said. No soldiers were wounded.

The Palestinian was hit in the chest and taken to hospital in Ramallah.

The IDF has been on high alert in the West Bank following the killing of 18-month-old Palestinian baby Ali Saad Dawabsha, whose home was set alight in an overnight firebomb attack by suspected Jewish terrorists. His four-year-old brother and parents are being treated for serious burns in Israeli hospitals.

Earlier Friday, an Israeli policeman was lightly wounded in clashes near the Temple Mount following the baby’s funeral, while in the northern West Bank an Israeli car came under fire, although no one was hurt.

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