Palestinians say Gaza man shot dead by IDF in southern Strip
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Palestinians say Gaza man shot dead by IDF in southern Strip

Army ‘aware of the reports’ that man killed in clashes with troops, says protesters sought to damage border fence

Palestinians carry a wounded man during clashes with IDF following a demonstration near the border fence east of Jabalia refugee camp on June 5, 2017. (AFP Photo/FP/Mahmud Hams)
Palestinians carry a wounded man during clashes with IDF following a demonstration near the border fence east of Jabalia refugee camp on June 5, 2017. (AFP Photo/FP/Mahmud Hams)

A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the Hamas-run health ministry said, naming him as Fadi al-Najjar, 25.

“A Palestinian was mortally wounded by Israeli shots during clashes on the Gaza border,” said health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra.

An IDF spokeswoman said that the army was “aware of the reports” that al-Najjar was killed but did not comment further. She said Palestinians hurled rocks and rolled blazing tires at the border fence, prompting troops to fire warning shots.

“Throughout the day, dozens of Palestinians attempted to damage the security fence in the Gaza Strip.”

“IDF forces called rioters to halt and, upon continued violence, fired warning shots into the air.” the spokesperson said, adding that troops only used live fire to try and disperse the protesters.

Israel and Hamas terrorists in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008 and there are frequent flare-ups along the border.

Israel regularly responds to rocket fire from terrorists in Gaza with air strikes.

The Gaza Strip has been run by Hamas since it seized power from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party in 2007.

It has been under Israeli blockade for around a decade and its border with Egypt also remains largely closed. Israel says the blockade is necessary in order to prevent the smuggling of arms into the enclave.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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