Palestinians: IDF Killed Gaza Man for First Time Since War

Palestinians say 32-year-old man killed east of the Jabalya refugee camp; IDF says troops opened fire and hit Palestinian who approached security fence and ignored orders to stop; no verification if Palestinian killed or wounded.

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An IDF tank near the southern border with the Gaza Strip.
An IDF tank near the southern border with the Gaza Strip.Credit: AFP

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man on the border with the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry said Sunday. If verified, this would be the first fatality since the July-August war betweeen Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip.

According to the spokesman, 32-year-old Fadal Mohammed Halawa was killed east of the Jabalya refugee camp, north of Gaza City.

The Israel Defense Forces said following the incident that two Palestinians approached the security fence in the Jabalya area and did not respond to troops' orders to stop.

The troops first fired into the air, said the IDF, and then shot in the direction of the lefs of one of the Palestinians, hitting him. The man was evacuated by ambulance to a hospital in the Gaza Strip.

A family member of Halawa said he was in the area looking for songbirds, which nest in trees near the border with Israel and are sold for a high price at markets in Gaza.

Since the summer's war, growing tensions in the West Bank have threatened Israeli-Palestinian security coordination on Gaza.

Two weeks ago, there were reports that militants in Gaza may fire rockets at Israel in "solidarity" with violent events taking place in the West Bank.

According to a recent UN assessments, more than 100,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the summer's fighting, which killed more than 2,000 Gazans and more than 70 Israelis. More than 600,000 people were affected by the damage to homes, and some 30,000 Gazans are still reportedly living in temporary shelters.

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