World Bulletin / News Desk
Israeli troops at the Gaza border shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 15 more on Friday, health officials said, in the first fatality since a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.
A Hamas spokesman accused Israel of violating the Egyptian-mediated truce which took hold on Wednesday and said the group would complain to Cairo.
Health officials said Anwar Qdeih, 23, was hit in the head by Israeli gunfire after he approached the fence that runs between Israel and Gaza - an area that Israel has long declared a "no-go zone for Palestinians".
Israel killed Ahmed al-Jaabari, the acting military chief of Hamas' armed wing, on Nov. 14, launching an offensive in Gaza. In the following eight days of air strikes, 163 Palestinians and six Israelis died.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said: "We will contact the Egyptian mediator to discuss the incident."
According to the terms of the ceasefire, both Israelis and Palestinians agreed to stop their hostilities. However, the brief document said details on access to the tense border zone would be worked out in the days ahead.
Sixteen Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli gunfire from the border since the start of the ceasefire, health officials said. Fifteen w e re hurt on Friday and one on Thursday.Last Mod: 23 Kasım 2012, 15:04