Palestinian medical sources reported that a Palestinian child was killed, on Thursday evening, after Israeli soldiers opened fire at Palestinians east of Khan Younis city, in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip. The sources said that the child, Hameed Younis Abu Doqqa, 12, was killed by rounds of live ammunition fired by an Israeli military helicopter.

Eyewitnesses said that the soldiers opened fire at several civilians and their homes in al-Faraheen area, in Khan Younis, leading to the death of the child.

Israeli daily Yedioth Aharonoth reported that the child could have been killed during clashes that took place between gunmen and Israeli soldiers.

It quoted Israeli military sources claiming that armed clashes took place near the border fence after members of the Popular Resistance Committees opened fire at Israeli soldiers across the border.