IDF troops shot and killed two Palestinians near the Gaza security fence Friday, Palestinian Authority security forces and Palestinian doctors said.
The two were not immediately identified, and doctors estimated their ages anywhere between 10 and 13.
An IDF army spokesman confirmed that soldiers shot at several Palestinians who were spotted crawling "in a suspicious manner" toward the fence near the town of Beit Lahiya. The Palestinians planted an object near the fence, possibly an explosive, and did not answer orders to stop moving toward the fence, the army said.
Soldiers saw three Palestinians being hit, the army spokesman's office said. One of them was lightly injured and was taken to Israel for treatment, the army said.