Israeli troops kill fighter on Gaza border: Hamas Jul 12, 2019 0 341 12345 ReutersGAZAIsrael’s military said soldiers opened fire on Thursday after spotting two Palestinian gunmen near the Gaza border fence, and the Hamas militant group said one of its fighters was killed.The last round of violence in the Gaza Strip and neighbouring southern Israel was in May, with hundreds of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes over three days.The health ministry in Gaza, an enclave run by Hamas Islamists, said a 28-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed in Thursday’s incident near Beit Hanoun in the northern part of the territory.An Israeli military spokesman said troops observed two gunmen approaching the Israeli-built security fence and “fired in order to drive them away”.In a statement, Hamas’s armed wing said Israeli forces deliberately targeted a fighter “on duty” near the border.“The occupation bears responsibility for the consequences of such a criminal act,” it said, referring to Israel.Tensions have remained high, with Hamas accusing Israel of failing to abide by the terms - never publicly confirmed by Israeli leaders - of a truce deal to ease a blockade of Gaza.Incendiary balloons launched from Gaza have continued to spark fires in southern Israel, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - who is running in a September election - held out the prospect on Thursday of Israeli military action.“We are preparing for a campaign that will be broad and also surprising,” he said in Ashkelon, a southern Israeli city that has been a target of Hamas rocket attacks. RELATED ARTICLES US, Britain will ‘strongly regret’ oil tanker seizure: Iran Guards Jul 12, 2019 0 1841 Japanese probe lands on distant asteroid Jul 12, 2019 0 1761 Clashes kill more than 80 fighters in northwest Syria Jul 12, 2019 0 339 Four killed in blasts at funeral in Libya dpa Benghazi Four people were killed in three back-to-back explosions during the funeral of an ex-military commander in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday, an army official said. Twenty-six others were .. Sanctions widen US assault on Lebanon, says Hezbollah Reuters BEIRUT Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Thursday that new US sanctions against three of its officials, including two MPs, have widened Washington’s assault on Lebanon. The move marks the first time the United States .. 11 dead as boat capsizes in Niger AFP Niamey Eleven people drowned Thursday when their boat capsized on a river in central Niger, the governor of the region said. The accident happened near the town of Maradi, said governor Zakari Oumarou of the Maradi .. Clashes rock volatile C Africa area after vendor’s killing Bangui: Clashes rocked a volatile Muslim-majority area of the Central African Republic capital Bangui for a second day Thursday in tit-for-tat violence after a vendor was killed by a local militia. The PK5 district has .. EU mulls adding Saudi Arabia to money-laundering grey list: Sources Reuters BRUSSELS The European Union is preparing an overhaul of its listing of countries that pose money-laundering risks, an EU confidential document shows, a review that could allow Saudi Arabia to be moved to a new ..