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Israel denies killing second Palestinian during Gaza upheaval

Dec. 25, 2013 2:33 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 27, 2013 10:15 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Reports that a Palestinian man was killed west of Beit Lahiya during an upheaval of violence in the Gaza Strip have been denied by Palestinian and Israeli sources.

Palestinian medical sources originally said Tuesday that Israeli forces had shot and killed a Palestinian on the beach in the northern Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said Israeli forces told the International Red Cross that they had shot and killed a man on the beach, and that Israel allowed Palestinian ambulances to access the area near the border in order to collect his body.

Medical sources told Ma'an that no body was found, but that Red Crescent teams found a dead sea creature with bullet holes in it, speculating that Israeli forces shot it by mistake.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an she was unfamiliar with any military communication with the International Red Cross regarding a dead Palestinian west of Beit Lahiya.

But she said that a Palestinian on Tuesday approached the border fence near Beit Lahiya and attempted to lay and explosive device, and that after warning him to stop, Israeli soldiers fired at his lower extremities, identifying a hit.

Palestinian sources also confirmed that a Palestinian was injured near the border in the same area.

Israel launched airstrikes across the Gaza Strip Tuesday, killing a 3-year-old Palestinian child and injuring her mother and brother, after an Israeli Civil Defense worker was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper at the border in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon.
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