Army shot dead a 14-year-old Palestinian boy in the Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis late on Monday after an Israeli was wounded by a Qasam rocket fired at the nearby settlement of Neveh Dekalim.

Palestinian sources identified the boy killed as Ala al-Shaer, saying that he was hit by several bullets and died immediately as he stood in the street in the Khan Yunis refugee camp.

Neveh Dekalim security coordinator, Ilan Terteks, 33, was lightly wounded by shrapnel Monday night after Palestinians fired two Qasams at the Jewish settlement in the southern Gaza Strip.

Army source confirmed that following the Qassam attack soldiers opened fire at Khan Younis, but could not confirm whether anyone was hurt.

According to army source, a total of three Qasams were fired into Neveh Dekalim on Monday evening, causing damage to a number of homes and vehicles.

As well, soldiers backed by tanks and helicopters launched a raid on the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah early on Tuesday.

Army source said that the operation is aimed at locating and destroying tunnels used to smuggle arms from the Egyptian side of the borders.

According to local eyewitnesses, 12 tanks penetrated about 150 meters into the Rafah refugee camp.

As well, in Gaza, a number of Jabalya refugee camp residents were lightly wounded late Monday as a rocket hit a Palestinian home in the northern Gaza Strip refugee camp.

Army source said that it was a Qasam rocket that was fired at Israel, but fell short of its mark.