October 27, 2010 / 12:49 PM / 9 years ago

Palestinian militant killed near Israel-Gaza border

GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli tank shell killed a Palestinian militant from the Islamic Jihad movement in the northern Gaza Strip Wednesday near the Israeli border, Palestinian medical workers said.

A second person nearby was wounded, they said. Islamic Jihad said the man was killed was on a “Jihadist mission,” an attack aimed at Israel.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that a tank fired a shell at “two Palestinian suspects who approached the security fence” and that it hit its target.

Islamic Jihad has been behind numerous rocket attacks aimed at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, territory controlled by the Hamas Islamist group.

Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi, Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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