Farmer killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

A 65-year-old Palestinian farmer was on Monday shot dead by Israeli troops in the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical and security officials said.

Adham Abu Selmiya, spokesman for the Hamas-run medical services, named the farmer as Shaaban al-Qarmoot, and said his body was being transferred to the nearby Kamal Adwan hospital.

The shooting occurred near the town of Beit Hanun, which lies very close to the Erez border crossing with Israel.