Palestinians say man killed along Gaza border with Israel
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Palestinians say man killed along Gaza border with Israel

Witnesses say Abdullah al-Shehri was throwing stones at soldiers; IDF insists it is unaware of the incident

Illustrative: Israeli security forces face protesters near Kibbutz Kerem Shalom on the border with the southern Gaza Strip on April 6, 2018 (AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA)
Illustrative: Israeli security forces face protesters near Kibbutz Kerem Shalom on the border with the southern Gaza Strip on April 6, 2018 (AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA)

A 28-year-old Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli fire at a Gaza border protest campsite Thursday, the Hamas-run Palestinian health ministry said.

Witnesses told the Associated Press that Abdullah al-Shehri, 28, was throwing stones at soldiers stationed behind the fence with Israel.

However, the IDF insisted that it was unaware of any such incident.

Shehri would be the 34th Palestinians killed by Israeli fire over the past two weeks, according to Palestinian tallies. At least 26 were killed during protests.

The Hamas terror group, which rules Gaza, has called for a third mass rally Friday at the border as part of a weeks-long campaign of “March of Return” protests which Hamas leaders say ultimately aim to erase the border and liberate Palestine.

Earlier in the day, the IDF said it bombed Hamas military targets in the Gaza Strip, after an explosive device detonated near an Israeli army vehicle along the border on Wednesday.

The health ministry in the Strip said one Gazan was killed and another seriously wounded in the strike.

During that airstrike, Hamas gunmen targeted an Israeli aircraft with machine gun fire, and one of the bullets hit a family’s home in Kibbutz Sha’ar Hanegev as it fell back to earth.

The gunfire triggered rocket sirens in the area, and the family rushed to a reinforced room inside their home.

Damage to an Israeli home in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council caused by a bullet fired from the Gaza Strip at IAF aircraft. (Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council)

The bullet landed in the house’s shower. There were no injuries but light damage was caused to the roof and internal ceiling of the home.

Gazans have been conducting a series of protests on the Israeli border in recent weeks, which have repeatedly turned violent.

Israel is closely guarding the fence and has warned it will not tolerate attempts to breach it.

Palestinian activists have insisted the protests are civilian-led and nonviolent, while Israel has said they have been used as cover for violence against Israeli troops and efforts to breach and damage the border.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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