AFP: Palestinian killed as Israel troops raid Gaza: medic


GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — A Palestinian teenager was killed and two other people were injured on Tuesday as Israeli tanks carried out an operation in northern Gaza, a medical official said.

Hamas emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya named the victim as 17-year-old Amjad al-Zaanein, saying he died after being hit by Israeli tank fire near the northern town of Jabaliya.

One of the two injured men, who were hit by shrapnel, was said to be in critical condition, he added.

The incident occurred as Israeli troops mounted an incursion into the northern Gaza Strip, witnesses and members of the Hamas-run security forces said.

The tanks, which pushed some 400 metres (yards) into the coastal enclave at around 9:00 am (0700 GMT), were accompanied by a bulldozer and were still there by mid-afternoon, they said.

An Israeli military spokesman refused to confirm or deny the report.

Israel has often demolished structures and cleared land along Gaza’s border with the Jewish state, citing security concerns.

Israel and Hamas are formally committed to a truce agreed after Israel’s devastating 22-day Operation Cast Lead, which ended exactly two years ago on January 18, 2009.

But in recent months, militants have fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel, prompting retaliatory airstrikes by the Israeli military.

Last week, following rising tensions along the border, Hamas said it would ensure militants groups kept to the truce agreement.

However, on Monday, militants fired a Qassam rocket into southern Israel, followed by another four mortars on Tuesday morning, the army said.

AFP: Palestinian killed as Israel troops raid Gaza: medic.

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