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Armed Palestinian shot dead breaking through Gaza fence

Posted at 12:52 AM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 03:52:07-04

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says troops shot and killed a Palestinian gunman who had crossed the Gaza perimeter fence and fired on soldiers.

The army said Thursday that three soldiers were wounded in the overnight incident and that a tank “targeted a Hamas military post in Gaza” in response. The military believes the gunman, a Hamas operative, had acted alone.

The Palestinian man’s death was the third along the volatile border since Israel and Hamas reached an informal cease-fire in May, following the worst bout of fighting since a 2014 war between them.

The cross-border incident took place as White House’s chief Mideast envoy, Jared Kushner, is making a tour of the region in a bid to advance the Trump administration’s long-awaited peace plan between the Israelis and Palestinians.