A Palestinian teenager has died after being hit by bullets fired from an Israeli helicopter in the Gaza Strip.
Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry, named the victim killed near Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday as 13-year-old Hmeid Abu Daqqa. He said he had been killed near the border.
'Thirteen-year-old Hmeid Yunes Abu Daqqa was killed by bullets fired from an Israeli helicopter during an incursion in Abasan and al-Qarara,' he said, referring to two neighbourhoods east of Khan Yunis.
Witnesses confirmed that Israeli helicopters had opened fire as Israeli tanks carried out an incursion east of the city.
Palestinian gunmen fired mortar rounds at the tanks, sparking a brief exchange of fire, they said.
A booby-trapped tunnel in the same area has wounded an Israeli soldier, army spokeswoman Avital Leibovitz said.
Israeli soldiers discovered the tunnel on Thursday evening near the security barrier along the border.
Soon after a large explosion sent a military vehicle 20m through the air and made a five-metre-deep crater, Leibovitz told journalists.
She called it one of the largest tunnels discovered along the border in recent years.
Leibovitz said the soldiers had ventured some 200m inside the Gaza Strip to defuse explosive devices placed by Palestinians.
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamist Hamas movement that rules Gaza, also issued a statement claiming a bomb attack that wounded an Israeli soldier near the security barrier.