Israeli gunfire but the truce holds tight as soldiers injure Gaza teen
A Gaza teen falls, shot and injured by Israeli fire: Image used for illustrative purposes
A young Palestinian man was shot and injured by Israeli soldiers Friday evening in the northern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian news agency reported.
Gaza paramedics told Ma'an they evacuated a 19-year-old to the hospital after he was hit by two live bullets in his feet near Abu Safiyya Hill, east of Jabaliya.
They added that Israeli troops fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at Palestinians near the border area. One man suffered from tear-gas inhalation, they said.
An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that "IDF forces acted within the rules of engagement" but said she was unable to elaborate about why the soldiers opened fire.
Israeli troops have fired several times across the border since a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas went into effect in November, marking the end of an eight-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.
The latest incident was Monday, when military vehicles crossed several hundred meters past the border near Khan Younis, but there were no reports of injury.
Israel has imposed a no-go zone on the borders, but agreed to stop targeting Palestinians in the area as part of the ceasefire, Gaza's government has said.
When a Palestinian was killed in the zone by Israeli forces a few days after the ceasefire, Hamas security forces deployed in the area to make sure Palestinians didn't approach the border fence.
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