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A Palestinian sniper killed a foreign volunteer on a kibbutz near the Gaza Strip border.

The volunteer, a 20-year-old man from Ecuador, was shot in the back Tuesday as he worked the land at Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha. His name was not immediately released. The Ecuadorian Embassy in Israel said his family had been notified.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the sniper attack, which came from the nearby Gaza Strip at the height of an Israeli army incursion against Palestinian terrorist targets.

Foreign volunteers have long been an institution at Israeli kibbutzim, though their numbers dropped off sharply with the eruption of Palestinian violence in 2000.

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