Palestinian shot dead in north Gaza; IDF shells terror cell

IDF says Palestinian was approaching border fence; In south Gaza, army says it fired at terrorists who attacked Israel.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 28, 2011 11:57
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Palestinian sources said that a 19-year-old Palestinian man was killed in the northern Gaza Strip near Beit Lahiya on Monday while collecting scrap. The head of emergency services in Gaza said the man was shot in the stomach and the legs.

The IDF said that a suspicious person approached the border fence and that an army force opened fire upon them.

Earlier Monday, Palestinians said that one man was moderately injured from IDF tank fire in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah.

According to the IDF spokesperson, a terrorist cell known to have been involved in several attacks was identified and an IDF force operating in the area opened fire on them with several tank shells.

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The tank fire was the second strike on the Gaza Strip in 24 hours.

One Palestinian was killed and two others were injured in what Palestinian medical sources claimed was an IAF strike on the Gaza Strip on Sunday.

The IDF denied launching strikes on the Gaza Strip on Sunday.

Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that the airstrike took place shortly after 9:00 pm on Sunday evening, east of Gaza City.

The IDF launched strikes on Gaza on Friday and Saturday in response to multiple rockets being fired on southern Israel.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Hamas, “I do not suggest that anyone test the State of Israel’s resolve,”  a day after two Grad-model Katyusha rockets slammed into Beersheba for the first time since Operation Cast Lead over two years ago.

Reuters contributed to this report

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