Hamas says Israeli troops shoot dead militant in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza’s Hamas rulers say Israeli troops have shot and killed a militant in the northern Gaza Strip.

Hamas’ armed wing says Thursday that the military “deliberately” fired at one of its members, 28-year-old Mahmoud al-Adham, in the town of Beit Hanoun. It vowed to retaliate.

The Israeli military says it noticed two “armed suspects” near the Israel-Gaza perimeter fence and responded with warning shots.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said al-Adham was wounded in his leg and died later at the hospital.

This is the first fatality at the border area since an informal cease-fire in May ended the worst round of violence between Hamas and Israel since a 2014 war.

The Israeli military recently exposed an attack tunnel during construction of its subterranean barrier around the territory.

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