An undercover Israeli army unit shot and killed Wednesday a Palestinian civilian and abducted another in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza.

Palestinian medical sources said that Ramez Alz’aneen was killed, three other people were wounded and a fifth was abducted when an Israeli army special undercover unit incurred into Beit Hanoun under a barrage of heavy gun fire.

Witnesses told IMEMC that those hit by the Israeli army were local Palestinian farmers, who were laboring on their farmland. Witnesses said that the Israeli army vehicles have been stationed on the border with Israel in northern Gaza. Such a development comes amidst Israeli army warnings of a possible large-scale attack on the Gaza Strip, under the pretext of cracking down on Palestinian resistance groups that continue to fire homemade rockets at nearby Israeli towns.

In the meantime, dozens of Palestinian journalists and intellectuals in Gaza blocked Wednesday a session of the Palestinian legislative council in Gaza’s building of the PLC, to protest at the Palestinian government’s inaction to secure the release of Alan Jhonston, the veteran BBC correspondent, kidnapped in Gaza three weeks ago.

Unknown gunmen in Gaza abducted Jhonston on March 12th, while he was driving in Gaza city. The captivity of Jhonston is the longest captivity endured by a foreign abductee in Gaza, as nobody has claimed responsibility and no information has been released so far.