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Thursday, October 31, 2013 6:12 pm

Palestinians: Gaza militant killed by Israeli fire

The Associated Press

Gaza officials say Israeli tank fire has killed a Palestinian militant.

Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra says the militant was killed late Thursday by Israeli tank fire. The Israeli military says it is engaged in a defensive operation against a recently uncovered smuggling tunnel from Gaza into Israel.

The Israeli military announced two weeks ago that it had discovered a concrete-lined, mile-long tunnel dug from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip into Israel. It said militants planned to use it to attack or kidnap Israelis.

Hamas, the Islamic militant group, has dug tunnels into Israel in the past. In 2006, Hamas-allied militants sneaked into Israel through one such tunnel, killed two Israeli soldiers and kidnapped a third, holding him hostage in Gaza for five years.