A Palestinian - the third on Thursday – was killed in Khan Younis in southern Gaza as a result of IDF fire. Palestinian sources in the region reported that the 18 year old died after receiving multiple bullet wounds.
Earlier Thursday, two Palestinians were killed and five injured as the result of IDF operations in the area, which have been ongoing since Wednesday night.
IDF representatives reported that the Palestinian in question breached the proximity limit to the security fence. As a result, forces executed the response protocol - requesting identification and firing in the air prior to shooting. They were not close enough to identify the suspect's condition pursuant to the shooting.
A reserves battalion, under the command of Lt. Col (res) Omri, is operating around Khan Younis, along with armored corps forces.
One soldier injuredAs a result of the operation in this area, one reserves soldier was injured during an exchange of fire with Palestinian gunmen west of Khan Younis, one kilometer from the security fence.
The soldier – a company commander at the rank of lieutenant - was evacuated by helicopter and taken to the Sorokah Hospital in Beer Sheva. Doctors reported that his condition is improving.
The IDF Southern Command is currently undertaking several missions in Gaza, targeting terror infrastructure, in particular operatives launching Qassam rockets from northern Gaza and underground tunnels for weapons smuggling.
Southern Command emphasized that operations are underway all over the Gaza Strip and are intended to put pressure on the terror organizations and prevent the flow of smuggled weapons from Egypt.
Efrat Weiss contributed to this report