IDF Shelling Kills Palestinian Woman in Gaza

IDF spokesperson says forces fired on suspicious figures who were seen approaching the border fence between Israel and Gaza.

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Israeli army shelling killed a Palestinian woman and wounded two of her relatives in the central Gaza Strip on Tuesday, hospital officials said.

Asked about the incident in the village of Johar a-Deek, which is near Gaza's border with Israel, the IDF Spokesperson's Office confirmed that soldiers had opened fire on two suspicious figures who were seen approaching the border fence.

Since Israel's Gaza offensive 18 months ago, cross-border violence has largely abated. But there are occasional rocket and mortar salvoes by Palestinians, usually claimed by militant groups unaligned with the dominant Islamist Hamas movement.

An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires from a position outside the Gaza Strip, near the Karni crossing between Israel and Gaza in March 2008.Credit: AP

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