Israeli forces kill Gazan since Aug ceasefire

The Palestinian health ministry said Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, the first such fatality since a 50-day Gaza war ended in August. The Israeli military had no immediate comment. The ministry identified the man as Fadel Mohammed Halawa, 32, and said he was shot by soldiers east of Jabalya refugee camp. One of Halawa’s relatives said he had been searching for song birds, which nest in trees near the Israeli border and command high prices in Gaza markets. Israel has long designated areas near its frontier with the Gaza Strip as ‘no-go’ zones for Palestinians, citing concerns that militants could plant bombs or carry out surveillance of Israeli patrols. More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed during the Gaza war, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Israeli puts its death toll at 67 soldiers and six civilians, killed by rockets and attacks by Hamas and other militant groups. Meanwhile, a Palestinian home was torched in the occupied West Bank on Sunday and ‘Death to Arabs’ daubed on a wall in Hebrew, in an attack that its owner blamed on Jewish settlers. No one was hurt in the fire that gutted the home in the village of Khirbet Abu Falah, near the Palestinian city of Ramallah, local residents said.

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