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Teen killed as Israeli tanks raid Gaza


A Palestinian teenager was killed and two other people were wounded on Tuesday as Israeli tanks carried out an operation in northern Gaza, a medical official said.

Hamas emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya named the victim as 17-year-old Amjad al-Zaanein, saying he died after being hit by Israeli tank fire near the northern town of Jabaliya.

One of the two wounded men, who were hit by shrapnel, was said to be in critical condition, he added.

The casualties occurred as Israeli troops mounted an incursion into the northern Gaza Strip, witnesses and members of the Hamas-run security forces said.

The tanks, which pushed about 400 metres (yards) into the coastal enclave at around 9:00 am (0700 GMT), were accompanied by a bulldozer and were still there by mid-afternoon, they said.