IDF forces fatally shoot Palestinian approaching southern Gaza fence

Soldiers spot man acting suspiciously near the fence and open fire when he refuses to heed warnings.

December 15, 2013 00:05
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)

IDF forces shot a Palestinian man who entered a forbidden security zone on the Gaza-Israel border, an army spokesperson said Saturday evening. The man subsequently died of his injuries.

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, the spokesperson said. The suspect refused to leave, and was then struck by gunfire.

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The incident came a week after the IDF reportedly shot and killed Wajih Ramahi, 15, from the Jalazone refugee camp north of Ramallah.

Palestinians say the boy was killed last Saturday by an IDF sniper sitting in a watchtower near the Bet El settlement.

The IDF opened an investigation into the incident.

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