The Israeli army shot and killed a Palestinian farmer on Monday midday in the southern part of the Gaza strip.

Yousif Abu Thahier, was working his land located in the southern border between Israel and Gaza near the city of Khan Younis when Israeli troops from a nearby army post opened fire; killing the 55 year old man.

Witnesses said that soldiers opened fire at the farmers without any reason. Israeli media sources said that Israeli troops engaged in armed clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters in the early morning near those borders.

On Monday at dawn, Nidal Shaqurah, from the Al Quds brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, was announced dead after succumbing to wounds he sustained last week.

Shaqurah was injured in the town of Beit Lahyia, in the northern part of the Gaza strip, when an Israeli unmanned plane fired missiles at him and his comrades.