RAMALLAH, December 18 (JMCC) - A Palestinian youth was killed, and two other people injured Tuesday in an Israeli military operation in northern Gaza, a medical officer reported.
Hamas emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya named the victim as 17-year-old Amjad al-Zaanein, saying he died after being hit by Israeli tank fire near the northern town of Jabaliya.
One of the two injured men, who were hit by shrapnel, was said to be in critical condition, he added.
The incident occurred as Israeli troops mounted an incursion into the northern Gaza Strip, witnesses and members of the Hamas-run security forces said.
The tanks, which pushed some 400 metres (yards) into the coastal enclave at around 9:00 am (0700 GMT), were accompanied by a bulldozer and were still there by mid-afternoon, they said.
An Israeli military spokesman refused to confirm or deny the report.
Israel has often demolished structures and cleared land along Gaza's border with the Jewish state, citing security concerns.
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