Israeli troops shot and killed an unarmed Palestinian who approached the security fence separating Israel from the Gaza Strip, the army said Thursday. After dark on Wednesday, the Palestinian approached a no-man's zone along the fence, the army said, according to the AP. When the troops examined the body at daybreak, they realized that he was unarmed, the army said.
Palestinian officials identified the victim as 21-year-old Salem Abu Saada.
Meanwhile, Egyptian police discovered a ton of explosives hidden in an underground cache on the border with the Gaza Strip during a search for smuggling tunnels, a security official said Thursday. The cache was discovered behind a school in the sparsely populated Ahrash region near the border town of Rafah, the official added, according to the AP.