Palestinian medics: IDF troops kill farmer in northern Gaza
IDF spokesman denies troops operating in area; 6 Islamic Jihad militants killed in IDF strikes Thursday.
Israel Defense Forces troops shot dead a Palestinian farmer on Friday in the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical officials said.
An IDF spokesman denied the report, saying no operations were carried out and no shots were fired in the area.
Six members of the militant Palestinian group Islamic Jihad were killed Thursday in three separate IDF strikes in the Gaza Strip.
IDF tanks opened fire on four militants near the Kissufim border crossing between Israel and the Strip after identifying an attempt to plant explosives, in the same spot where an explosive device killed an IDF soldier earlier Thursday. The four militants were killed.
Another militant was killed earlier in an Israel Air Force strike near the southern Gaza town of Khan Yunis.
A source in the Islamic Jihad confirmed the dead militant was a member of the group.
The strike came several hours after another member of the militant group was killed in an IAF strike targeting a rocket launching squad in the northern Strip.
The IAF often targets rocket launching squads in the Gaza Strip in efforts to prevent the ongoing rocket barrages that pound southern Israel nearly every day.
Militants in Gaza fired at least eight rockets at southern Israel on Thursday, one of which struck a home in Sderot, wounding four people. The family was home at the time of the attack, and the father, Genadi Polotkov, suffered light to moderate wounds.
Three passersby were lightly hurt, and eight people were treated for shock.
Flames engulfed the house following the strike, and firefighters rushed to the scene in an effort to put out the blaze.
A second rocket fired in the same barrage struck a cooking gas tank next to an empty home, sparking a fire, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
A third Sderot house was hit by a Qassam rocket earlier in the day. There were no injuries in that attack, and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.