Palestinian killed, three Israeli soldiers hurt in Gaza shooting

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A Palestinian who crossed the Gaza border into Israel overnight shot at Israeli troops, drawing return fire in an incident that left the Palestinian dead and three Israeli soldiers wounded, the army said on Thursday.

At least 297 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza or the border area by Israeli fire since March 2018 [File: Amir Cohen/Reuters]

An Israeli tank also targeted a Hamas military outpost during the incident, Israel’s military said in a statement.

It said an army officer was moderately wounded and two soldiers were lightly injured by the Palestinian’s shooting in the area of the southern Gaza Strip.

The latest shooting comes as US senior advisor and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, visits Israel and other Middle Eastern states to promote his peace plan.

There has been tension along the Gaza border since regular protests and clashes erupted there in March 2018.

At least 297 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza or the border area by Israeli fire since then, the majority during demonstrations and clashes.

Seven Israelis have been killed.

The protests have declined in intensity recently after a truce brokered by United Nations officials and Egypt.

Under the truce Israel agreed to take steps to ease aspects of its blockade on Gaza, which is ruled by Hamas.

Palestinians have accused Israel of slowing the deal, adding that it has not taken enough measures to ease the crippling economic conditions in the coastal enclave.

Palestinians have been calling for an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has shattered the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its two million inhabitants of many basic amenities.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.

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