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GAZA CITY (AFP) - A 14-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis, Palestinian medical and security sources said.
Ahmed Abu Eid was standing on the roof of his house feeding pigeons at the time, the sources said. He was hit in the chest by shots fired from an army post just outside the Jewish settlement of Neve Dkalim.
An army spokeswoman initially denied the incident, but an Israeli military source later said troops had fired at a suspicious figure standing on the roof of an abandoned building and "identified a hit".

"This was an abandoned building which is used by terrorists to shoot at army positions and at settlements," the source said, adding that militants had fired an anti-tank missile from the building on Monday.

The boy's death brings the overall toll since the September 2000 start of the Palestinian intifada, or uprising, to 4,136, including 3,141 Palestinians and 923 Israelis, according to an AFP count.

On Sunday night, an Israeli soldier was killed and five injured when Palestinian militants set off a massive explosion in a tunnel they had dug underneath an army post near the Gush Khatif settlement bloc and Khan Yunis.

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