Israeli forces kill one Palestinian, injure five in Gaza border clashes
A Palestinian man holds a knife as he takes part in an anti-Israel protest in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 20, 2015. (AFP/Said Khatib)
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Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian, and injured five others with live fire on Tuesday during clashes on the border of the northern and central Gaza Strip, a medical official said.
Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said Ahmad al-Sarhi, 27, was shot dead east of the al-Bureij refugee camp. Three others were injured with live fire.
In northern Gaza, two Palestinians were injured near the Erez crossing. One man was shot in the leg with live fire and another was hit with a tear gas canister.
Israeli authorities closed the Erez crossing following the clashes.
An Israeli army spokesperson said Israeli forces "identified terrorists preparing to attack forces carrying out defensive activities in southern Gaza Strip," on the border. The spokesperson said Israeli forces "foiled the attack, firing towards the snipers and hits were confirmed."
The spokesperson could not immediately confirm how many Palestinians were shot or their condition.
On Friday, two Palestinians were killed and at least 100 others injured as Israeli forces opened fire at demonstrators in the Gaza Strip.
A week earlier, 12 Palestinians were killed in Gaza by Israeli forces, with 10 shot dead during demonstrations at the border and two killed, a two-year-old girl and her pregnant mother, in an airstrike.
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