Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Wednesday that one resident was killed, another was injured, after the Israeli army fired a tank shell at a group of residents who were present close to the border line in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The sources stated that the body of resident Omar Abu Jarad, 23, was severely mutilated as a result of the blast. One resident was moderately injured in the blast.

An Israeli military source claimed that the two residents came close to an area used by resistance fighters as a  launching pad for homemade shells.

The sources added that troops fired the shell after a Qassam homemade shell was fired at the Western Negev.

“The two were fighters who came to collect the shell launchers from the launching area”, the sources claimed.

Moreover, Israeli sources reported that a 15-year old was moderately injured when a homemade shell hit a Kibbutz  in the Western Negev.

The youth is a Bedouin from Rahat, in the Western Negev. Another homemade shell hit a farm in Eretz area.

Earlier on Wednesday, a 15-year old child from Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, succumbed to wounds she suffered last month.

Hanan Abu Odah was injured when Israeli army opened fire at her and her family killing her father and brother. Her younger sister was injured by three bullets while Hanan was hit by eight rounds of live ammunition.