Gaza, ALRAY - Israeli forces have opened fire on two Palestinians in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, killing one and wounding the other.
The Israeli military said on Monday that its soldiers shot the Palestinians, alleging the two were trying to cut through the security fence separating Israel from the Gaza Strip.
Hospital officials in the Gaza Strip also confirmed that a Palestinian had been shot dead.
Meanwhile, residents of Beit Hanoun said they noticed Israeli tank fire as well as Apache helicopter gunships flying over the town.
The Israeli forces frequently attack the Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured.
Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.
The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.