Unarmed locals had tried and failed to reach the body but were pushed back by Israeli gunfire at the scene. A tank can be seen positioned nearby.
Israel’s military claim the man was suspected of placing a bomb near the Gaza border, where hundreds of Palestinian protesters have in recent years been killed by excessive Israeli force.
“Following the successful thwarting of the attack near the Gaza Strip fence earlier this morning, an IDF (Israeli army) bulldozer extracted the body of one of the attackers,” a military spokeswoman told AFP.
Earlier on Sunday, the army had said it “spotted two terrorists approaching the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip and placing an explosive device adjacent to it”.
“The troops opened fire towards them. A hit was identified,” a military statement said.
The Gaza health ministry said that two civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire at the scene.
Israel killed another Palestinian in gaza . +18
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