Overnight aircraft of the Israeli Air Force struck an armed Palestinian near the security fence in northern Gaza, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement on April 5.
The IDF claimed that the move had been needed to secure Israeli civilians.
Overnight, an IAF aircraft targeted an armed terrorist adjacent to the security fence in northern Gaza. The IDF will not allow any harm to the security of Israeli civilians and will continue to operate against terrorists who are involved in acts of terror
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 5 April 2018
On March 30, large-scale Palestinian protests erupted on the contact line between Israel and the Gaza Strip. As a result of violent IDF actions, at least 18 protestors have been killed and about 1,500 have been injured over the next few days.
The IDF claims that at least 10 members of the Palestinian Hamas movement were among the killed persons.