IDF Soldiers Shoot Palestinians on Gaza Border, Reportedly Killing One

Troops open fire on two figures approaching to the no-go zone, along the length of the border between Kfar Aza and Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers opened fire on two Palestinians who were approaching the Gaza-Israel border, apparently killing one and wounding the other.

There was no immediate comment from Palestinian officials.

soldiers repairing fence in gaza Eli Hershkowitz
Eli Hershkowitz

Israel enforces a no-go zone on the Gaza side of its border fence. Palestinian militants frequently try to plant bombs there to target Israeli military patrols. This particular incident took place between the town of Kfar Aza and Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

Israeli aircraft early Sunday attacked targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, wounding two Palestinians, medical officials in the territory said.

The Israeli military said a "Hamas terror activity center in northern Gaza and a weapons manufacturing facility in central Gaza" were hit in response to a rocket strike on Israel on Saturday.

Also Sunday, IDF soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man who approached the West Bank checkpoint they were manning with a bottle in his hand.

According to initial reports, the soldiers opened fire on the man because they suspected he was poised to stab them and refused their order to halt.

An officer in the Central Command later said the incident seemed to have been caused by "a combination of misunderstandings stemming from the Palestinian citizen's inexplicable behavior and the high state of alert of the soldiers" and that a thorough investigation was under way.