Palestinian shot by IDF on Gaza border

Egyptian border guards find smuggling tunnel used for arms and Palestinians.

idf tunnel 298.88 (photo credit: IDF)
idf tunnel 298.88
(photo credit: IDF)
IDF troops shot and wounded a Palestinian man Thursday morning after he and nine others tried to cut through the northern Gaza Strip security fence near the community of Netiv Ha'asara. According to the army, it was unclear whether the Palestinians were planning on infiltrating Israel, or if they were just stealing metal from the fence. An IDF patrol that arrived on the scene called on the group to disperse, and after they refused, opened fire at their legs. Elsewhere on Thursday, Egyptian security officials announced that border guards had uncovered a tunnel in the border city of Rafah that allegedly was used to smuggle weapons and Palestinians from Gaza into the Sinai. The tunnel, which was a meter wide, was found Wednesday under the kitchen floor in a house located just less than 10 meters (yards) from the border crossing, the official said on condition of anonymity, because he wasn't allowed to speak to the press. The owner of the house was arrested, and family members were asked to leave while security forces sealed off the area to search for other tunnels, the official added. The tunnel was dug in the 1990s, and Egypt was coordinating with Palestinian authorities in Gaza to close its other end, the official said.