Israel says shoots Palestinian near Gaza settlement

Date: 06-28-05

(Adds army comment it thwarted infiltration, details)

GAZA, June 28 (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot at Palestinian gunmen who approached a Jewish settlement in Gaza on Tuesday, hitting one of them and thwarting an infiltration, the army said.

An army spokeswoman said she had no information on the condition of the Palestinian shot near the Jewish settlement of Morag in the southern Gaza Strip, and that a second gunman had fled.

Palestinian witnesses reported hearing a blast and then gunfire in the area. Israeli rescue service also reported an explosion at the site, but had no information on the source of the blast.

An Israeli military source said the soldiers had opened fire on the gunmen after spotting them by the settlement's fence after dark and that they shot one gunman, and then the other gunmen fired back at them from two directions.

The incident was the latest to strain a more than four-month-old ceasefire in a 4-1/2 year-old Palestinian uprising.



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