Axe-wielding Palestinian killed trying to enter Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Gaza Palestinian armed with an axe was killed as he tried to enter Israel through the security fence.

A second man was injured when Israeli troops opened fire Monday as the infiltrators attempted to enter Israel through a breach they made in the fence, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The wounded Palestinian returned to the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian officials identified the dead man as Ramzi Najjar of Khan Younis.

It is not known how he may be related to Razan Najjar, 21, of Khan Younis, a female paramedic who was killed Friday as she cared for injured Palestinian protesters on Gaza’s border with Israel.

It was the second time in two days that Palestinians from Gaza breached the border fence. On Saturday, a group of Palestinians cut through the fence and set shipping containers belonging to a civilian company alight before returning to Gaza.