GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli soldiers opened fire on two Palestinians near the Israel-Gaza border on Monday, killing at least one of them, a Palestinian health official said.
Ashraf al-Kidra said the identity of the dead man was not immediately known. The fate of the other Palestinian in the shooting incident was unknown, and it was unclear if the Palestinians were militants or civilians.
The Israeli military said its soldiers shot two Palestinians who tampered with the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
The military said the Palestinians approached the fence and damaged it, posing an “imminent danger.” The army said “a hit was confirmed” on both, but refused to elaborate.
Israel considers the Gaza Strip a hostile entity because the militant Islamic group Hamas rules there, and because militants in the seaside territory have carried out attacks on Israel.