Foreign worker in Israel killed by Gaza mortar

A foreign worker in southern Israel died after being hit by a mortar round fired from the Gaza Strip, police said on Wednesday.

"There was a foreign worker killed by a mortar," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, bringing the number of civilians in Israel killed by Gaza fire to three in 16 days of violence.

Around 650 Palestinians and 29 Israeli soldiers have also been killed in the Gaza fighting which began on July 8.