PaIestinian shot dead

GAZA - Israeli troops killed a Palestinian near the border fence between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip yesterday, local medical officials said.

GAZA - Israeli troops killed a Palestinian near the border fence between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip yesterday, local medical officials said.

An Israeli army spokesman said troops had fired at two Palestinians who were suspected of placing an explosive device near the fence, hitting one of them.

The man's family said he was trying to catch birds in the area. Local medical officials said the man was unarmed.

Israel has stepped up air strikes and incursions in recent weeks. Gunmen often ambush Israeli commandos in frontier areas. - Reuters

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