IDF fires, lightly injures Palestinian on Gaza border in 2nd incident in 24 hours

Group of Palestinians carry out suspicious activity at security fence, refuse calls to vacate the area.

December 15, 2013 14:09
IDF soldier sits atop a tank just outside northern Gaza

IDF soldier sits atop a tank just outside northern Gaza 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

A group of Palestinians approached the Gaza security fence on Sunday morning and began carrying out suspicious activity on the ground near the barrier, an IDF source said.

The army dispatched a unit to the area, which borders northern Gaza, and soldiers asked the suspects to vacate the security zone near the fence. The suspects refused, and soldiers opened fire, lightly injuring one of the men, the source added.

It was the second incident involving shots fired at suspects on the Gaza border in 24 hours.

On Saturday evening, a Palestinian was fatally shot on the south Gaza-Israel border, after entering a forbidden security zone.

Soldiers spotted the man acting suspiciously near the fence, and asked him to leave the area. When he refused, soldiers fired warning shots in the air, a security source said. The suspect refused to leave, and was then struck by gunfire, dying of his wounds soon afterward.

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