Palestinians: IDF shoots man dead in Gaza Strip

Army suspects man tried to plant bomb, climb border fence; IAF hits rocket launcher in Beit Hanun.

IDF gaza fence 298.88 (photo credit: AP)
IDF gaza fence 298.88
(photo credit: AP)
IDF troops shot and killed a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip on Monday as he approached the border fence with Israel, the IDF and Palestinian doctors said. The middle-aged Palestinian was found, unarmed, in no-man's land along the fence near central Gaza's El-Bureij refugee camp, Palestinian doctors said. According to another Palestinian account, the dead man was a farmer. The army said that the IDF troops suspected the man had tried to lay an explosive and saw him climbing the fence. When the man saw the troops, he jumped off the fence and began to flee. The soldiers then fired at him and saw he was hit.Troops did not know if he was armed, the army added. Earlier Monday, IAF aircraft fired a missile at a rocket launcher in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun. No one was wounded in the explosion, local residents said. Earlier, Islamic Jihad said it fired a rocket toward Israel from the area. No casualties were reported.