Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli forces shot a Palestinian fighter was reportedly planting an explosive device on the Israel-Gaza border on Thursday morning.
The Palestinian, who was hurt near the Keren Shalom border crossing, was later taken to a hospital in Israel for treatment, according to the newspaper Haaretz.
Meanwhile, witnesses reported that Israeli tanks near Kerem Shalom opened fire on houses in the area, however, no injuries were reported.
The incident occurred shortly after Palestinians fired two homemade projectiles into Eshkol region east of the Gaza Strip. The rockets caused neither casualties nor damage.
Separately, Hamas’ armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades reported that they responded to an Israeli incursion in the east of the Az-Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City.
Al-Qassam Brigades said in a press release that Israeli special forces entered Az-Zaitoun, clashing with Palestinian fighters for a half an hour. Al-Qassam said it launched three rockets at the Israeli force, forcing it to withdraw.
Palestinians in Gaza fear that Israel could launch a new offensive aimed at freeing captive soldier Gilad Shalit. Israel this week ruled out any ceasefire arrangement that does not involve the release of Shalit.