Palestinians: Gaza Explosion Near Security Fence Kills Palestinian Man

IDF spokesman says there have not been any reports of any Israeli army shooting at Gaza; Palestinian medics say two men were also wounded in explosion.

An explosion in the Gaza Strip near the border fence with Israel killed one Palestinian man and wounded two on Saturday, Palestinian medics said.

Adham Abu Selmeya, a spokesman for medical services in Hamas-ruled Gaza, issued a statement saying the blast was an Israeli tank shell. An Israeli Defense Forces spokesman said he had no reports of any IDF activity or shooting near Gaza on Saturday.

Palestinian medics said the victim had been sifting through rubble for steel and cement to recycle, south of the Karni border crossing with Israel, when an Israeli tank fired a shell.

Israeli troops often patrol the border area with Gaza to prevent gunmen from infiltrating or planting explosives.

In recent weeks, Palestinian militants have stepped up attacks along the Gaza border, drawing Israeli strikes that have killed 13 Palestinians, most of them gunmen, in December.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said at least 20 rockets and mortar bombs have landed in Israel since the start of 2011.

Egypt has told Hamas that Israel might launch a Gaza war to curb rocket attacks, a warning that led the group to urge other militant factions in the strip to cease firing rockets, sources familiar with Egypt-Hamas contacts said.