Palestinian Suspect Who Approached Gaza Border Killed in Israeli Strike

Army says armed suspect was hit in the southern Strip

Almog Ben Zikri
Yaniv Kubovich
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Palestinian man seen approaching the Israel border fence, southern Gaza Strip, December 17, 2019.
Palestinian man seen approaching the Israel border fence, southern Gaza Strip, December 17, 2019.Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
Almog Ben Zikri
Yaniv Kubovich

An Israeli aircraft struck on Tuesday a Palestinian suspect who apprached the Gaza Strip border fence, the army said.

The Israel Defense Forces' spokesman said in a statement the suspect, described as "an armed terrorist," was hit in the southern Strip and was later confirmed dead.

Two weeks ago, Israeli fighter jets were twice dispatched to the northern Strip following intelligence of suspicious activity near the border. The planes returned to their bases after checks that did not raise any suspicion of border infiltration. 

In recent weeks, the Israeli army has sought to expedite indirect talks with Hamas in order to strike a long-term ceasefire in Gaza. 

Last month, 35 Palestinians were killed by Israeli bombardment of the Strip in a round of violence sparked by Israel's targeted assassination of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata. Islamic Jihad fired at least 450 rockets at Israeli communities in retaliation for the targeted assassination of its commander.

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