GAZA – A 14-year-old Palestinian boy died on Saturday after being wounded in a shooting incident involving Israeli soldiers in the northern border town of Beit Hanoun, Palestinian medical workers said.

They said Ghazi al-Zaaneen was seriously wounded on Friday night when Israeli soldiers fired shots toward a neighborhood in the town.

A military official, who declined to be named, said soldiers had fired warning shots in the Beit Hanoun area on Friday night after spotting Palestinians approaching Israel's border.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said the military had launched an investigation.

Israeli-Palestinian violence in the Hamas-controlled enclave has been minimal since Israel ended a military offensive there in January.

Palestinians fired a mortar shell toward Israel on Friday and the army said it responded with artillery fire.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Michael Roddy)