IDF kills Palestinian near Gaza border

IDF: Man approached fence carrying suspicious bag with wires sticking out.

August 17, 2006 17:24

IDF troops shot and killed a Palestinian man near Gaza's border with Israel Thursday, Palestinian hospital officials said. The army said the Palestinian approached a border fence in central Gaza and was warned repeatedly before opening fire. The army said the Palestinian was carrying a suspicious bag with wires sticking out, but it was unclear whether he was armed. Palestinian hospital officials said the unidentified Palestinian was believed to be between 15 and 20 years old. It was not clear why he was near the border fence. On Wednesday, the army said it shot two armed Palestinians trying to infiltrate Israel from Gaza. It later turned over the body of one dead operative. Israel has been waging an offensive in Gaza since operatives from Hamas and other terror organizations captured IDF soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit in a June 25 cross-border raid. Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed in the offensive, many of them gunmen.

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