Middle East

Palestinian man killed near Gaza border fence

The son of Ibrahim Mansour holds his head in his hands outside the mortuary in Gaza City (13 February 2014) Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Relatives of Ibrahim Mansour, including his son, said he was collecting gravel to sell from his donkey cart

A Palestinian man has been killed and another wounded by Israeli soldiers near the border fence in northern Gaza, Palestinian medics and officials say.

The Hamas-run health ministry said Ibrahim Mansour, 26, was shot dead while he was collecting gravel to sell.

The Israeli military said its troops fired at several Palestinians who had been "tampering" with the fence.

After "exhausting all other means" to disperse the men, "they fired towards the main instigator", it added.

The Israeli military has in the past fired at Palestinians who enter a "buffer zone" it maintains inside Gaza to prevent attacks by militants.

Since the beginning of the year, three explosive devices which targeted personnel patrolling the fence had been detonated, it added.

According to the UN, the Israeli military allows Palestinian civilian access on foot to areas of up to 100m (328ft) from the border fence for agricultural purposes only, and vehicular access to a distance of 300m.