A Palestinian man was shot dead and another injured on Thursday by Israeli forces east of Gaza city.
for the Gaza ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra said that Ibrahim
Suleiman Mansour, 26, from an area east of al-Shujaiyeh died from
injuries sustained after Israeli forces shot him in the head in nearby
al-Montar east of Gaza City.
Al-Qidra added that another man, 21, was moderately injured after being shot in the foot.
A Ma'an reporter said that the two men were collecting pebbles near the border when they were shot.
Israeli army spokesman, however, told Ma'an that "several Palestinians
approached the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip and began
tampering with (the) fence. The soldiers operated in order to
distance the suspects and after exhausting all possible means to do so
fired at the main instigator," he added.
Recent weeks have
witnessed an increase in tensions on the Gaza Strip, as Israeli forces
have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinian protests near the border and
launched a number of airstrikes. Palestinian militants have responded
with rockets, which have not caused any injuries in Israel.
forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza
Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the
Israeli military has deemed off-limits to Palestinians.
"security buffer zone" extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into
the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.