GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man and wounded three others in separate incidents Friday in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian health official said.
Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra in Gaza said 22-year-old Odeh Hamad was killed when he was shot in the head near the border between Gaza and Israel. He said that three civilians were wounded by Israeli fire in a separate incident near the border as they hunted for birds.
The Israeli military said troops responded with live fire to four incidents along the border Friday. It said some Palestinians threw stones at troops and caused damage to the fence separating Gaza from Israel. The military also said a mortar shell was fired toward Israel, which caused no damage or injuries.
The Israeli statement did not specifically identify Hamad or the bird hunters, but said that everyone shot was suspected of being involved in one of the incidents.
"Soldiers attempted to contain these violent events by calling out to the Palestinians but to no avail and in accordance with the incident used live fire," the military said. It said it identified "several hits."
Such shootings have been rare since Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers fought an eight-day battle last year, but occur occasionally.