Palestinian Killed in Border Clash, Testing Truce

Israeli soldiers reportedly fired after rocks were thrown at them

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 23, 2012 5:49 AM CST | Updated Nov 23, 2012 7:51 AM CST

(Newser) – The fragile Israel-Gaza ceasefire holds for now, but it's being tested. The New York Times reports that one man is dead and nine more injured after a group of young Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers at the border today. According to a Palestinian news agency, the youth ventured to the border area of Abassan, where they intended to pray. They reportedly began throwing stones at the Israelis, who returned gunfire, killing the man, who was in his 20s. A family member tells Reuters that the dead man was attempting to put a Hamas flag on a security fence there. He says three warning shots were fired into the air before his relative was hit in the head.

Reuters reports that a rep for Hamas is calling it violation of the ceasefire agreement, saying, "We will contact the Egyptian mediator to discuss the incident." An Israeli military spokesman says the incident is being reviewed. Reuters notes that the deal worked out by the two sides is vague on who is permitted to access the border zone; that's supposed to be decided in the coming days.

An Israeli soldier guides a tank to a new position at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.
An Israeli soldier guides a tank to a new position at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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