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Gaza: Palestinian boy 'killed by Israeli gunfire' Gaza: Palestinian boy 'killed by Israeli gunfire'
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A Palestinian boy has been killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources say. A Palestinian boy has been killed by Israeli gunfire in the Gaza Strip, during clashes between Israeli forces and militants, Palestinian medics say.
The boy, reportedly aged 13, was hit by shots from an army helicopter, the sources said. The boy, said to be about 12, was hit by rounds fired by an army helicopter, the sources said. Israel said it had no information about the reported death.
The Israeli army said it was checking the report, Israeli media said. Later, an Israeli soldier was hurt when a tunnel blew up near the Gaza border fence, the Israeli military said.
The latest incident follows a recent spate of rocket attacks from Gaza and Israeli air strikes which have left six militants dead and at least five Israelis hurt. It is the latest in a spate of violence between Israel and militants in Gaza.
Earlier this week, three Israeli soldiers were also wounded in a blast on the Israeli side of the border. Earlier this week, three Israeli soldiers on patrol along the border fence were also wounded by a bomb explosion, the military said.
It was unclear how the boy was hit in Thursday's incident, but one report said soldiers had found explosive devices near a border fence east of the town of Khan Younis and opened fire. The Palestinian boy was reportedly killed on Thursday during clashes which erupted when militants opened fire on Israeli forces which had entered Gaza.
Another report said the boy was fatally wounded during a clash involving militants and Israeli helicopters. "Terrorists opened fire at IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] soldiers while they were performing routine activity adjacent to the security fence," military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich said.
The AFP news agency quoted Hamas health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra as saying the boy, Yunes Abu Daqqa, "was killed by bullets fired from an Israeli helicopter during an incursion" in southern Gaza.
Soon after, a large tunnel blew up near the border fence, throwing a military vehicle 20m (65ft) into the air and injuring the soldier, said Israeli military spokeswoman Lt Col Avital Leibovich.
The tunnel was one of the biggest seen in recent years and could have been part of a plan to kidnap or kill soldiers, she added.
Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades, said it caused the blast, in response to the killing of the boy.