Photo: AFP
IDF troops on Gaza border (archive photo)
Photo: AFP

Palestinian rocket accidentally kills local farmer in Gaza

Palestinian sources say man killed, another wounded from Israeli artillery fire in northern Gaza - but local residents say cause of explosion was Palestinian rocket which failed to reach its destination across the border. IDF denies any shells fired

Medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Saturday afternoon that a Palestinian farmer was killed and another wounded in an IDF artillery strike in northern Gaza. However local residents say the farmer was killed after a rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists toward Israel fell short and hit him.


The army said that while troops patrolling the border earlier in the afternoon did indeed come under Palestinian fire, they did not respond to the anti-tank missile launched at them.

No soldiers were wounded.


Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter's personal assistant was lightly-to-moderately wounded by gunfire on Friday when the minister's entourage was targeted by Palestinian sniper fire while on a visit to the Nizmit hill outside Kibbutz Nir Am.


The minister was hosting a group of managers from the Canada-Israel Committee (CIC), a pro-Israel lobby group, who visited the observation tower in the Gaza vicinity area in order to get a better picture of the situation on the ground.


IDF operations in the Gaza region are currently primarily focused on the Strip's border with Israel in an effort to prevent terrorists from planting explosive devices and launching attacks against the Gaza-vicinity communities.


Ali Waked and AP contributed to this report


פרסום ראשון: 04.05.08, 16:19
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