IDF vehicle along Gaza border fence 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
IDF gunfire across the Gaza border killed one Palestinian on Friday and
wounded several others, Palestinians medics said, two days after a ceasefire between the territory's Islamist rulers Hamas and Israel took hold.
The IDF stated that a group of about 300 Palestinians approached the
border fence in the southern Gaza Strip and held a violent disturbance
along the border.
A number of the Palestinians attempted to break through the border fence
into Israel. IDF soldiers initially fired shots into the air, but when
warnings were not heeded, shots were directed at the suspects' legs, according to the IDF.
armed Palestinian was apprehended in Israeli territory after having
crossed the fence and was returned to Gaza by soldiers, the IDF stated.
Hamas spokesman accused Israel of violating the Egyptian-mediated truce
and said the group would complain to Cairo.
said Anwar Qdeih, 23, was hit in the head by Israeli gunfire after he
approached the security fence that runs along the Gaza frontier -- an
area that Israel has long declared a no-go zone for Gazans.
relative of the dead man, who was at the scene, told Reuters that Qdeih
had been trying to place a Hamas flag on the fence. He added that an
Israeli soldier had fired into the air three times before Qdeih was hit
in the head by a bullet.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said: "We will contact the Egyptian mediator to discuss the incident."
Wednesday's ceasefire deal ended eight days of fierce fighting
that left 163 Palestinians and six Israelis dead.
to the terms of the accord, both Israelis and Palestinians agreed to
stop their hostilities. However, the brief document left details on
access to the tense border zone to be worked out in the days ahead.
other Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli gunfire from the border
since the start of the ceasefire, medics said. Six of them were hurt on
Friday and one on Thursday, when the Israeli military said 200
Palestinian "rioters" approached the fence.
The IDF constantly
patrols the border area and says its forces have come under increasing
attack this year, with terrorists planting explosive devices and firing
an anti-tank missile on at least one occasion.