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A five-year old Palestinian boy was shot and killed yesterday by Israel Defense Forces troops in Gaza, Palestinian sources reported.

According to the sources, the boy was killed in a residential area of Khan Yunis in the central Gaza Strip, near an Israeli settlement. His grandfather and another Palestinian man were critically wounded in the incident, Palestinians said, adding that there were no clashes in the area at the time.

In a statement about the incident, the IDF said that three Palestinians had opened fire at soldiers and then fled in a car. The soldiers fired back, wounding one of the men in the car. The military said it knew nothing of a child being hit.

According to another report, the child was killed by fire from an Israeli tank moving to the edge of the Khan Yunis refugee camp.

Hospital sources said that two Palestinian adults had been wounded when they tried to go to the aid of the boy, Ayman Fares, who was lying outside his house.

The area in which the incident took place is in close proximity to the settlement of Ganei Tal. According to Palestinian sources, the boy and his family had been on their property near the settlement when shots were fired at them and Ayman was hit in the head and killed.

Also yesterday, a 15-year-old girl succumbed to injuries she sustained during the IDF bombing of the home of Hamas operative Salah Shehadeh last month. This brings the number of Palestinians killed by that air raid to 17.

In another incident yesterday, stones were thrown at an Egged bus near Ma'aleh Adumim. The windshield of the bus was smashed, but none of the passengers was injured.