Gaza teen shot dead in Israel border clash: ministry

Israeli forces shoot tear gas at demonstrators along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel on June 29, 2018

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian youth aged about 13 on Friday in border clashes near the town of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas-ruled territory’s health ministry said. 

Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP the name and exact age of the boy, who was shot in the head, were not known.

The Israeli army could not immediately confirm or deny the report.

Since protests broke out along the Gaza border on March 30, at least 136 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.

The majority were involved in protests but others were seeking to breach or damage the border fence.

No Israelis have been killed.

On Thursday, Abdel Fattah Abu Azoum, 17, was hit in the head by fire from an Israeli tank near Rafah in southern Gaza.

The Israeli army said he and a companion were trying to breach the border fence.