One shot dead trying to breach Gaza border
A Palestinian armed with an axe was shot dead trying to breach the Gaza-Israel border on Monday, the Israeli army said.
An army statement said troops thwarted an “infiltration attempt” by “two terrorists who damaged the security fence and were armed with an axe.”
Soldiers “fired toward the terrorists, killing one of them,” it added, without saying what happened to the second suspect.
There was no immediate confirmation from the health ministry in Gaza.
Al-Aqsa TV, affiliated with Gaza’s rulers Hamas, published a video of a group of young men at the border, some of them using wire cutters to breach the fence.
They then approach a military post and hurl what appears to be a petrol bomb at it, before running back into Gaza.
The video did not show anyone getting shot, but an eyewitness said one of the men was hit as he tried to flee, with the body taken by Israeli forces.
The video said the operation was revenge for the death of Razan Al-Najjar, a 21-year-old female medic shot dead in southern Gaza on Friday. The death brings to 125 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since March 30.
The vast majority have been killed during weeks of protests along the border, while a few were killed while carrying out attacks or in air strikes. Protests peaked on May 14 when at least 61 people were killed as tens of thousands approached the heavily fortified border in a demonstration coinciding with the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
The Jewish state accuses Hamas of organizing the protests and using them as an excuse to carry out attacks.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian government on Monday has warned Israel against plans to deduct funds from the Palestinian tax revenues to compensate Israelis living near the Gaza Strip for a wave of arson attacks.
Israel, which collects the Palestinian tax revenues on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, announced plans to compensate Israeli farmers in the Gaza area peripheries whose fields were burnt by Palestinian action.
The Palestine News Agency quoted Palestinian government spokesman Yousef Al-Mahmoud describing the Israeli plans as “an act of robbery and banditry.”
“The Israeli government is plotting to steal the revenues of the Palestinian people,” he said in a statement. “This is an act of aggression committed by thieves called Israeli officials.”—Agencies