Middle East

Palestinians: Israeli shelling kills 1 along Gaza border

Palestinian officials say Israeli shelling has killed one person and wounded two others near the southern Gaza town of Rafah.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra says the body of 18-year-old Yousef Abu Azra was recovered early Wednesday after shells landed near the border fence separating Gaza and Israel. He said two others sustained shrapnel injuries.

The Israeli military says its forces fired on three suspected militants who had approached the security fence.

A cease-fire has largely held since a 50-day war between Israel and Gaza militants in the summer of 2014. But militants in Gaza occasionally fire rockets at Israel's south, and Israel has warned that they are trying to rebuild a network of offensive tunnels into Israel that was largely damaged in the war.