IMEMC & Agencies: Monday evening Israeli soldiers stationed across the border with Gaza fired a number of shells into an area, east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The attack came after a Palestinian was killed, and another was injured in the area.
Eyewitnesses said that Israeli tanks fired at least four shells, while the soldiers fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition in addition to firing flares.
The shells landed and detonated in Bayyaret Al-Basha (Pasha Orchard), east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
Israeli sources said that soldiers, in charge of operating surveillance systems across the border with Gaza, noticed what was described as “suspicious movement” close to the border fence.
They then alerted soldiers of the Golani Brigade who saw two Palestinians “who appeared to be armed”, and opened fire at them reportedly after they entered what Israel describes as “special security zone”.
The army could not determine whether the two were hit, or if they managed to escape back into Gaza. Israel Ynetnews has reported that the army opened fire at two Palestinians who approached the fence in an attempt “to plant an explosive charge”.
Earlier on Monday evening, one Palestinian was killed, and another was injured and kidnapped, by Israeli soldiers allegedly after crossing the border fence.
Medical sources said that the slain Palestinian has been identified as Hweishel Ismael Abu Hweishel, from the Al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.