IDF Shoots Palestinian at Gaza Border Fence

A section of the security fence on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. (Flash90)

The Israel Defense Forces said troops shot a man approaching the Gaza border fence from the Palestinian side after seeing him act suspiciously.

According to Gaza media, Abu Ammar, 40, was “bird-hunting” east of el-Bureij refugee camp when the incident occurred late Thursday morning. They reported that he later died of his wounds.

“IDF monitors saw three suspects approaching the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip, as one of them was seen digging in the ground while carrying a suspicious bag,” the military said.

“After he was spotted, IDF troops who were on the scene opened fire at the suspect,” the IDF said.

None of the terrorist groups claimed him as a member, but they threatened severe reprisal.

It was one of three incidents in which three Palestinians were killed on Thursday. In Yerushalayim, a knife-wielding woman from near Jenin was shot dead as she accosted police in the Old City.

A member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, Alaa Zayud, 22, was killed in a predawn shootout with Israeli soldiers near Jenin.

Meanwhile, more details emerged about the woman who attempted the stabbing in Yerushalayim.

Police investigators were quoted by Maariv as saying that she was identified as a mother of four who was in Israel illegally. She arrived in Yerushalayim on Wednesday night before the attack and stayed in a hostel in the Old City.

The owner of the hostel was detained for questioning.


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