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Israel shoots Palestinian on Gaza border fence

The army said the Palestinian attempted to cross the border fence [Getty]

Date of publication: 23 August, 2019

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A Palestinian was shot and wounded by Israeli forces after he allegedly tried to throw grenades and cross the Gaza border fence.

A Palestinian and was shot by Israeli forces on the Gaza border fence overnight when he allegedly threw grenades whilst trying to cross the fence, the army and the Gaza health ministry said Friday.

The Palestinian was wounded and taken to hospital, the ministry said.

It was the latest in a series of violent incidents along the Gaza border in the run-up to a September 17 Israeli general election.

The army said the Palestinian attempted to cross the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip and distributed a video it said showed the man throwing grenades at soldiers.

"The troops charged towards the terrorist, crossing the security fence and striking him," an army statement said, without providing further details.

The Gaza health ministry said he was shot by Israeli soldiers.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is widely seen as wanting to avoid an escalation in Gaza ahead of next month's election.

Speculation has grown that militants in the blockaded enclave are hoping to pressure him into further concessions under a truce deal.

Hamas leaders have warned Israel must fulfil commitments they say it made under an informal truce brokered by UN and Egyptian officials in November and then confirmed in May to ease its blockade of the Palestinian territory.

Gaza militants have launched six missiles at Israel in the past week, the most recent on Wednesday.

In retaliation, the army said it struck "a number of military targets in a Hamas naval facility in the northern Gaza Strip".

Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008.

At least 305 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza or the border area since regular protests began in March 2018.

Seven Israelis have also been killed in Gaza-related violence over the same period.

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