GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A rocket struck southern Israel on Friday afternoon after Israeli forces opened fire and shot a Palestinian youth near the border in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli soldiers shot and injured a Palestinian youth along the border fence east of Deir al-Balah. The army, however, said that they only shot after fire was opened towards Israeli forces in the area.
Witnesses told Ma'an that an Israeli tank that was deployed near the border fence opened fire at a group of Palestinians in the area, hitting the youth.
He was taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah for treatment, and was said to be in a moderate condition.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said that "fire was opened" at Israeli troops near the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip, and that Israeli forces "fired towards the source of the shooting in response."
Soon after, a rocket from Gaza hit the Shaar HaNegev region of southern Israel, landing in an open area without causing any injuries.