Israeli gunfire kills Palestinian boy in Gaza clash: medics

GAZA Thu Nov 8, 2012 12:49pm EST

A Palestinian mourns the death of Ahmed Abu Dagah, who was killed by gunfire from Israeli forces, at the morgue of a hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

A Palestinian mourns the death of Ahmed Abu Dagah, who was killed by gunfire from Israeli forces, at the morgue of a hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip November 8, 2012.

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GAZA (Reuters) - Gunfire from Israeli forces killed a Palestinian boy in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, local medics said, during border clashes between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants.

The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), a militant group, said its gunmen had confronted an Israeli force of four tanks and a bulldozer involved in a short-range incursion beyond Israel's border fence with the Gaza Strip.

"Terrorists opened fire at IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) soldiers while they were performing routine activity adjacent to the security fence," an Israeli military spokeswoman said in Jerusalem.

An Israeli military official said the soldiers responded by firing at "suspicious locations".

Palestinian medics said the boy, aged 12, was hit by machinegun fire, either from Israeli helicopters or tanks that took part in the incident.

Israeli incursions into the enclave, run by the Islamist Hamas group, are usually aimed at searching for possible tunnels that could be used by militants to sneak into Israeli territory to wage attacks.

The incident broke nearly two weeks of a lull in violence between Gaza gunmen and Israeli forces since the last wave of fighting that killed several militants, mostly from Hamas.

(Reporting by Nidal Almughrabi, Writing by Jeffrey Heller in Jerusalem; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Comments (4)
EastinWest wrote:
So Israel enters Palestinian land without permission with four tanks, attack helicopters, and an armored bulldozer, then killed a little boy 12 years old, then proceed to justify it without even attempting to apologize for the fact that they just killed an innocent boy… Sounds about right.

Nov 08, 2012 12:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dill16078 wrote:
I suppose it’s just like IOKIYAR. It’s okay if you’re an Israeli.

Nov 08, 2012 3:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dill16078 wrote:
IOKIYAI

Nov 08, 2012 3:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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