April 16th, 2010
05:06 AM ET

Palestinian killed in clash with Israeli forces

Israeli forces said Friday they killed a Palestinian gunman who was trying to plant an explosive near a security fence in northern Gaza Strip.

The gunman was spotted in the area, and security forces saw the man throw a hand grenade, an Israeli Defense Forces statement said.

Security forces fired at the man, killing him, security officials said.

This incident comes just days after two Palestinians were killed in central Gaza in an exchange of gunfire with the Israeli army. Troops said they saw the men trying to plant explosives.

"The presence of Palestinian civilians in the area adjacent to the security fence in Gaza is used by terrorist organizations as cover for their activities, including planting explosive devices" the IDF said in a statement. "For this reason, the IDF considers this a combat zone."

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  1. Guy

    bloody palestinians terrorists....they will will start whine after the israeli army will do something against them, and the hypocrite world will blame israel for their actions.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Emeka

    Am still looking forward to a day when there will be peace in Jerusalem. I wish to live to see that.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chudi

    The palestine should know they have die to many and is time for them to pause the inestimeable act for the sake of the live of innocent ones,les priviledge,children and the orphanage.the world should look upon the resolution of the problem

    April 16, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Simon

    Guy,

    The world doesn't 'whine' when Israel takes specific terrorist targets cleanly.

    Its when Israel practises the doctrine of collective punishment that people get upset. Nobody has any any problem when they take out a gut planting a bomb.

    Its when the Israeli state launches an airstrike against a single terrorist driving down a busy Gazan street or uses white phosphorous artillery in a built up area to take out a couple of gunman (which incidently even the Israeli government has now recognised was inapropriate) that the 'whining' starts.

    Despite their constant denials Israeli policy seems to be Palestinians as though they all have collective responsibility for the acts of the terrorists.

    Thats what people have a problem with – well that and restricting the palestinians access to water,food, medical supplies, building materials etc.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. MiddleEastPeaceAdream

    EMEKA middle east peace is notthing bcos is like making a wish in ones dream. Lol.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. David Macenta

    I wonder when this conflict will ever end.The 2-state solution might be appealing but still great suspicion between the 2 hinders peace.Until the Palestinians recognize the sovereignity of Israelis then shall substansive peace be achieved.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. doteMD

    the palestinians are planting explosives to show their desire for peace, isn't it so?

    April 16, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Avi

    Simon,

    The points you make are typical of the misunderstanding many people have of the situation in Israel. Have you been there?

    I have.

    The term "terrorist" implies that they terrorise innocent people, civilians. They would be called combatants if they attacked armed forces – that at least would be respectable. The problem is that they dont. Do you critisise terrorists for the act of killing Israeli civilians? Some people do and from some of the points you make, it would seem you either also do, or at least agree with this. However, many dont.

    Terrorists must not be mistaken for unintelligible people even though their heinous crimes may be construed as lacking intelligence. On the contrary: the Palestinian terrorists use their own people, that they are allegedly "fighting" for, to shield them as they are aware that Israel is reluctant to inflict civilian casualties due to the usually over-zealous critisism it may take due to this. There is no doubt that civilian casualty must be avoided, Israel is also of the same opinion. It is very unfortunate then that civilians are hurt by the Israeli military when they are trying to target terrorists, however, this can not always be blamed on Israel as I have explained above. Israel also expresses this regret and always goes to great lengths to prevent civilians deaths – the antithesis of terrorists who go to great lengths to kill only civilians

    I think the point that Guy was simply trying to make is the unbalanced criticism that Israel gets.

    April 16, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Efosa

    I think country like iran are pushing palestinians to cause more promblem but its written in the book of life that no nation can rise up against israel

    April 16, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. Falohun Oladipo

    Two wrongs can never make a right. I strongly believe that unless both countries reach a comprise there will be continue mayhem in the gaza strip. My suggestion is that we keep praying for peace in those countries.

    April 16, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. syntax

    "killed"....but when a Isreali dies its called "murder" or something along those lines. Palestinias are "terrorists"...what are Isrealis then? Patritots...nope not in their land. Security forces....nope not that either because not one Palestinain lives in peace and secuity as long as Isrealis are watching over them, choking them and ultimately provoking them

    April 16, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. gary eck

    without the illegal isreali occupation there would be no terrorism ,no hamas and no palestinian suffering. you americans are so ignorant and that is why you are disliked. please get your information from sources other than fox news

    April 16, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. gary eck

    what is the difference between individual terrorism and state terror. to the british george washington was a terrorist

    April 16, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. felixblock

    There will be no peace as long as other neighbouring countries are afraid of a democratic state in the area threatening their own stability based on tyrany or theocrathy. Iran and Saudi Arabia are perfect examples. And do not tell me that Iran is a democracy or for that Saudi Arabia. Being a pawn in the rivalry among Muslim sects is definitely an unconfortable position. I hope that true democracies will keep on supporting Israel

    April 16, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jon

    I do find it funny that the standard reason for the IDF killing anyone is that they "are a gunman" "trying to plant explosives". The lines are repeated so often, no matter where the person is killed, that I just cant believe that all of them were planting explosives... Not to mention. they killed him for trying to plant explosives, yet he was a "gunman" "trying to plant explosives" and they saw him "throw a hand grenade." Talk about your serious multitasking abilities...

    April 16, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
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