Southern Israel was hit by a rocket fired across the Gaza border, after Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian residents east of Deir al-Balah, shooting one youth, on Friday afternoon.According to witnesses, an Israeli tank deployed near the border fence in central Gaza opened fire at a group of Palestinians in the area, hitting the youth in the leg.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that ‘fire was opened’ at Israeli troops near the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip, and that Israeli forces ‘fired towards the source of the shooting in response’, Ma’an News Agency has reported.

The victim was rushed to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, and reported to be in moderate condition.

Soon after, a rocket was fired over Gaza’s northern border, landing in an open area that the Israelis call Shaar Hanegev. No injuries were reported.

The army has reportedly also injured a man in Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, according to the PNN.