GAZA, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- A Palestinian farmer
was shot dead on Sunday morning by an Israeli soldier in Khan Younis in
southern Gaza Strip, becoming the first fatality since Israeli declared an
unilateral ceasefire, local witnesses said.
The witnesses said the farmer was killed while checking his farm.
But Israeli army said they shot the farmer because he was approaching the land where the Israeli ground troops occupied.
In another incident in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza strip, two Palestinians were injured when some houses were hit by Israeli tank shelling.
Despite the sporadic clashes, the situation in Gaza is relatively quiet since the Israeli truce took into effect.
Gaza emergency chief Mo'aweya Hassanein said that the rescue team has found at least 40 bodies from rubbles while checking across the strip to find people shot died during the past more than 20 days of Israeli military offensive.
The death toll since the beginning of Israel launched the massive military operation against Gaza on Dec. 27 2008 has reach 1245 he said, estimating that the number will rise due to more bodies would be found by the rescue team.