Palestinians: Gaza teen dies after being shot by IDF near Israel border
IDF official: Troops fired warning shots Fri. after spotting Palestinians approaching border fence.
A 15-year-old Palestinian died on Saturday after being shot by Israel Defense Forces soldiers near the Gaza-Israel border, a doctor in the Hamas-ruled territory said.
The teen, Ghazi Zaneen, was in the northern Gaza Strip when he was shot on Friday, said Dr. Jadallah Shafi, a doctor at the Beit Hanoun hospital in northern Gaza.
The Israeli army considers the area near Gaza's border fence a no-go zone because Palestinian militants often fire rockets from there at Israeli border towns. However, farmers also try to reach their fields near the border, and have come under fire.
Zaneen's father, Maher, said he was tending his land close to the border with his children, including Ghazi, when a soldier in an IDF jeep began firing shots at them. Maher Zaneen said he found Ghazi lying on the ground with a shot to the head.
The family is loyal to the militant group Islamic Jihad, but the father said they were unarmed.
A military official speaking on the condition of anonymity said soldiers firing warning shots in the air on Friday afternoon as Palestinians approached the border but did not report hitting anyone.
Overnight Thursday, the Israel Air Force successfully targeted Thursday a tunnel linking the southern Gaza Strip with Israel.
The IDF Spokesperson's Office said the tunnel was bombed in response to a cross-border attack Thursday in which Palestinian militants fired mortar shells from Gaza into Israeli territory.