Hours earlier, Boim announced that the government was in the process of legalising some of the ‘illegal’ settlements set up over the past three years. Boim told local radio that the finalisation process was near completion (MEED 23:10:03).

The news came as Israeli Defence Force (IDF) soldiers on shot dead four Palestinians in two separate incidents in the Gaza Strip. In the first incident, three Palestinian men, suspected of setting up a roadside ambush, were chased by IDF forces and shot near the Kissufim border crossing. In a second incident in the Gaza Strip, a nine-year old boy was accidentally shot dead by Israeli gunfire from a watchtower in Rafah. Israeli officials have set up an investigation.