Israel Shelling Kills Palestinian 'Militant' At Gaza Border

A Palestinian militant was killed today when the Israeli military fired a shell at what it described as a group of suspects approaching the border between Gaza and Israel. Seven more people were injured, several seriously. According to Palestinian medical workers, the injured included a 10-year-old girl. The dead man was reported to be an Islamic Jihad militant, named Mohammad Al-Kafarneh, 22. The group claimed he was one of their fighters, as hundreds of mourners with Islamic Jihad flags were photographed at his funeral by several international news agencies. According to Palestinian sources, an Israeli soldier was shot by a militant sniper in the incident. The incident took place near Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza. An Israeli Defence Forces spokeswoman confirmed that a shell had been fired at the suspects. Medics at Beit Hanoun government hospital identified the slain man as Kafarneh. Seven others sustained serious wounds and one was listed in critical condition, hospital officials said. They were not immediately identified. The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine's armed wing claimed an Israeli soldier was also shot. The National Resistance Brigades said its forces targeted an Israeli patrol that crossed into Palestinian territory along the 300-metre no-go zone east of Beit Hanoun. A sniper "fired directly at an Israeli soldier who was inside Gaza, near Beit Hanoun, at 2:50pm Wednesday evening," the group said in a statement. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the army had no immediate comment on the DFLP wing's claims. The shelling comes just over a week after a Palestinian mother of five was killed outside her home 400 metres from the border when she was fetching her two-year-old son indoors. Three other people were killed in that incident. Following the three-week war in Gaza in 2008-9, the Israelis established a 300m-wide "buffer zone" on Palestinian land abutting the hi-tech security fence that marks the border. The aim was to prevent militants