The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed a Palestinian farmer was killed near the town of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Friday morning. Another was wounded by an Israeli tank shell, and is in critical condition.
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Omar Wahid Samur, 27, was killed this morning. Al-Aqsa TV, the official Hamas-run television channel, as reported on the Friday morning incident.
In a separate incident, the Israeli army fired at two suspects in the northern Gaza Strip, according to the IDF. The forces were dealing with the security infrastructure of the border fence.
Some 15,000 Palestinians are expected to participate in the Palestinian "March of Return" scheduled for Friday.
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Over the last few days the IDF has warned that it would open fire on anyone who tries to breach the border fence and enter Israel.
The IDF has brought a brigade, snipers and soldiers from various courses, to help local troops deal with Friday’s demonstration. The snipers have been instructed to shoot demonstrators who breach the fence.
In a ceremony marking a change of Military Intelligence commanders on Wednesday, Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot said that the situation in Gaza is “highly explosive” and “threatens to damage the sensitive life fabric and safety of the region’s residents.”