78-year-old Palestinian Said Killed by Israeli Fire in Gaza

Israeli army says it is looking into report by Gaza's health ministry that the man died after Israeli troops opened fire on civilian homes in the center of the Strip

Palestinian medics carrying a wounded man during a protest at the border with Israel in the northern Gaza Strip, October 1, 2018.
Khalil Hamra,AP

A 78-year-old Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire that targeted the central Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Gaza's Health Ministry said. 

According to a statement released by the ministry, the man, identified as Haj Ibrahim Alaruki, was hit after Israeli troops opened fire toward civilian homes in the center of the strip, near a refugee camp. 

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Earlier, a hospital in Gaza reported that the man arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound in his back and that his body was sent directly to an autopsy.

The Israeli army said that it was looking into the report. 

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Earlier Tuesday, Palestinian media reported that clashes were taking place in the center of the Strip, near the city of Deir al-Balah. According to the reports, the Israeli army fired hand grenades and used live fire against Palestinians who were demonstrating.

Meanwhile, several Palestinians crossed the border fence and advanced toward Israeli territory, where they tried to set on fire an Israel Defense Forces sniper post that was unmanned at the time. They left a Palestinian flag at the post and then crossed back into the Strip. 

On Monday, Gaza's Health Ministry said that 37 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli military fire during clashes on the Israel-Gaza border. A total of 93 Palestinians have sustained injuries, the ministry added.