Palestinian Shot Crossing Border Security Zone

GAZA (Reuters) -

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian who crossed into the “no-go” security zone near the Gaza border with Israel on Sunday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The Israeli military said it fired at two Palestinians who approached Israel’s security fence, hitting one of them, after they ignored shouts to halt followed by warning shots.

The Health Ministry said Fadel Mohammed Halawa, 32, was killed in the incident, east of the Jabalya refugee camp.

One of Halawa’s relatives claimed he had been searching for song birds, which nest in trees near the Israeli border.

Israel has long designated areas along its frontier with the Gaza Strip as “no-go” zones for Palestinians, to prevent terrorists from planting bombs or carrying out surveillance of Israeli patrols.

In a separate incident, a Palestinian home was torched in the village of Khirbet Abu Falah, near Ramallah, and “Death to Arabs” daubed on a wall.