One adult has been killed and at least 10 teenagers injured after Israeli soldiers opened fire at the Gaza-Israel border, Gaza medical authorities claimed.
The incident happened east of the city of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza.
The clashes erupted after a group of Palestinian farmers wandered into the disputed 300-meter buffer zone along the border, Al Jazeera reported.
The story speculates that the farmers may have entered the buffer zone to check on their crops after hearing a news report claiming that travel restrictions had been lifted for the area.
In a separate, contradictory account, the group approached the border fence to salvage scrap from an Israeli army jeep damaged during the conflict, AP quoted a Gaza health official as saying.
The deceased was identified as 20-year-old Anwar Qudaih, Gaza-based journalist Harry Fear reported.
An Israeli army spokesperson did not confirm the shootings. He claimed that Israeli soldiers fired warning shots after “disturbances” broke out on the Palestinian side of the Gaza border early on Friday.
This incident is the first disruption of a shaky ceasefire. The shooting comes two days after Israeli troops and Hamas fighters laid down arms following eight days of heated conflict.
The IDF bombardment of Gaza and the retaliatory shelling of Israel by Hamas mortar and rockets both ended on Wednesday night. Hostilities in the region broke out when the IDF assassinated Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari on November 14. Over 140 Palestinians and five Israelis died in the conflict.