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An Israel Defense Forces patrol shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian who tried to cross into Israel from the Gaza Strip yesterday. Two other teens were arrested and then returned to Palestinian territory.

The incident occurred early yesterday morning when the three were seen crawling toward the fence near the Kisufim crossing.

Army sources say one of the youths did not stop when ordered to do so. Troops opened fire, killing the teen.

Another teen suffered light injuries and was treated at Soroka hospital in Be'er Sheva.

Following questioning, the two youths were released in the Gaza Strip. The two said they were trying to cross into Israel to find work.

The rules of engagement along the fence allow for firing at anyone seen crawling there at night.

Also yesterday, 42 Palestinians suspected of involvement in paramilitary activities were arrested in combined IDF-Border Police operations in the West Bank.

Fatah and Hamas gunmen clash

Fatah and Hamas gunmen exchanged fire in the Gaza Strip yesterday, wounding at least four Palestinians, local residents said. This comes a day after the rival factions restarted talks on forming a unity government.

Residents said three civilians were wounded along with one Fatah gunman. The clash took place near the house of a senior Fatah militant.

Fatah accused Hamas' executive force of besieging the house. Hamas said the fighting broke out when its patrol came under Fatah fire.