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Palestinian killed on Gaza border

An Israeli tank near the Karni crossing point
The shooting took place near the Karni crossing point

Israeli soldiers have shot dead a Palestinian and wounded at least one other near a border crossing with Gaza.

The body of Muhammad Wadi was found after the incident on Friday at the Karni crossing, medics said. Reports put his age at between 18 and 22.

Another Palestinian was injured, while three others were detained by troops.

Israel said they had appeared to be attempting to plant an explosive device along the border fence, but witnesses insisted they had been hunting birds.

Earlier reports quoted Palestinian medics as saying they had retrieved the body of a 16-year-old boy. Others said a 16-year-old who was critically wounded had been taken away by the Israeli soldiers.

The wounded Palestinian was being treated at Ashkelon's Barzilai Medical Centre, an Israeli military spokeswoman said. None of Gaza's militant groups has claimed the dead man as a member.

The coastal territory, which is controlled by the Islamist group Hamas, has been relatively quiet since an Israeli offensive ended in January, although there has been sporadic violence along the border.

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