Palestinian health officials say a paramedic has been shot and killed by Israeli fire at a Hamas-led protest along the Gaza border as the militant Islamic group and Israel observed a cease-fire.
Gaza's Health Ministry said Abdullah al-Qutati, 26, was shot and killed and 40 others were wounded by live fire.
Another medic, Mohammed Suhwail, tells The Associated Press he witnessed the shooting. He said after treating wounded the medic who was killed "began walking toward the (field hospital) but was shot in the back and the bullet exited from his chest."
The Israeli military had no immediate comment.
The incident came as Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel honored a cease-fire Friday that ended two days of an intense flare-up in violence.
Hamas has led weekly border protests aimed in part at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza imposed after the militant group took over the territory in 2007.
Gaza's militant Hamas rulers and Israel appear to be honoring a cease-fire that ended two days of an intense flare-up in violence amid efforts by neighboring Egypt to negotiate between the two sides.
Israel's military said on Friday that no rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel overnight and it conducted no airstrikes. Israel's government hasn't confirmed the truce.
Hamas's Al Aqsa TV reported late Thursday that an Egypt-brokered deal had taken hold "on the basis of mutual calm."
Israel and Hamas have come close to serious conflict in recent weeks after four months of violence along Gaza's border following Hamas-organized protests there.
At least 163 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, including 120 protesters, since then. During that time, a Gaza sniper killed an Israeli soldier.
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