A 13-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by IDF
fire on Thursday, Gaza officials claim. According to the sources, Hamid Younis Abu Dika was killed in the Khan Younis area in the southern Gaza Strip.
The IDF said there had been no strike in the Strip on Thursday.
However, it is possible that the teen was hit during a fire exchange between IDF forces and Gaza terrorists earlier.
Members of the Popular Resistance Committees
said they clashed with four IDF tanks and one bulldozer that entered Gaza territory.
|Teenager killed in Gaza (Video: Reuters)|
The army said that the soldiers were engaged in "routine activity" near the border fence when they were attacked. The IDF then fired in retaliation. Helicopters were involved in the attack.
Gaza medical sources said that the teen was hit by machine-gun fire but it is unclear whether the army fired from the air or from the land.
Hospital in Gaza (Photo: Reuters)
On Tuesday three IDF soldiers were injured
after a bomb exploded near the border fence. One soldier sustained light to moderate wounds and two were lightly injured.
Meanwhile, some 150 residents of the Gaza vicinity
area and other southern towns, including many children, are demonstrating outside the Kirya base in Tel Aviv in protest of the continued rocket fire.
Protest in Tel Aviv (Photo: Moti Kimhi)
Dressed in red, the protesters are carrying signs which read "Qassam stop, don't come back" and "The south demands security justice, wake up, the State of Tel Aviv."
The demonstration is part of a campaign that was launched Thursday which saw southerners sending their kids to school wearing red t-shirts.
'One Qassam is one too many' (Photo: Moti Kimhi)
"We demand to be acknowledged by the decision makers," said Shahaf Alon, 17, from the Eshkol Regional Council. "We feel that people don't understand how we live," said Batya from Ein Hashlosha.
During the protest, the residents fell to the ground to demonstrate what they do in case of a Color Red alert.
The protest was met by relative indifference on the part of Tel Avivians. "I feel for them," said Ofer who stopped and joined the protest. "But on Election Day all these poor people vote for Bibi. They need more protection. We need to get into Gaza and cause some damage."
Gilad Morag contributed to this report
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