A 15-year-old Palestinian schoolboy has been killed in the latest Israeli invasion into the occupied Gaza Strip.
At least 11 other people were injured, five seriously, when Israeli forces raided the Rafah refugee camp early on Wednesday.
Two homes were completely destroyed, according to witnesses.
Justifying tank attack
An Israel Defence Force (IDF) spokesman said they had initially been hunting for tunnels used to smuggle weapons in from Egypt when heavy resistance forced them to begin a tank bombardment.
The military source also said the houses that exploded had been booby-trapped and were not destroyed by the IDF, who had only returned fire after severe provocation.
However, the dead youth, Muhammad Hamdan, was killed after suffering injuries caused by shrapnel from a tank shell, according to a Rafah Hospital spokesman.
When asked by Aljazeera.net why the IDF had raided the refugee camp again and not left policing of the city to the Palestinian Authority, the source said Israel would do whatever it deemed necessary to protect its citizens – even if that meant breaking the “roadmap” agreement.
In a similar invasion on Tuesday, another Palestinian school boy and one teacher were wounded when Israeli occupation soldiers opened fire at a school in Rafah.
The lesson today is ...13-year
old Muhammad al-Buji emotionally
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Muhammad Al-Buji, 13, was wounded in the right arm while teacher Ismail Mansur, 26, was shot and wounded in the left leg.
Israeli soldiers stationed at an illegal settlement watchtower in Tal Zorob opened fire at the al-Amiriya preparatory school, according to the wounded teacher.
In occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli bulldozers destroyed five apartments owned by Palestinian families.
“Tens of Israeli police vehicles surrounded the neighbourhood of al-Shayyah, in Jerusalem, and demolished a three-story building hosting five apartments,” said one International Press Centre correspondent.
The building was apparently destroyed because it was owned by Palestinian citizen Muhammad Al-Sayyad, who is wanted by the Israeli authorities.
According to Aljazeera’s correspondent, 104 houses owned by Palestinians have been destroyed in occupied Jerusalem.
At least 4046 houses have been completely destroyed while 50,709 were partially damaged by Israeli Occupation Forces during the three years of second Intifada.
The Intifada, or uprising, erupted on the 28th September 2000 after 36 years of Israeli military occupation.