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Gaza protester injured by Israeli fire dies in hospital
Published Wednesday 28/04/2010 (updated) 30/04/2010 09:03
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Demonstrators carry the wounded man away from the protest site to a waiting
ambulance on 28 April 2010. [MaanImages/Hatem Omar] - click for more -
Gaza – Ma'an – A 21-year-old man protesting Israel's no-go zone in Gaza was killed on Wednesday, after Israeli forces opened fire on the march and hit the young man in the leg. Medics said he died in hospital.

The man, identified by activists as Ahmad Salem Deeb, was the fourth to be injured in three days as protests against the enforcement of the no-go zone continue.

Reports from members of the International Solidarity Movement in Gaza said Deeb was shot 30 meters away from the Gaza-Israel border. A statement from the activist group said protesters were waving flags and chanting slogans demanding the cessation of Israeli control over the no-go area when shots were fired.

The young man had joined in a protest that left from the Ash-Shuja'iyya neighborhood east of Gaza City, and marched toward the border area. Areas of the no-go zone were expanded from 150-meters to 300 meters in some places, and are regularly patrolled by Israeli forces, who term the area a "combat zone," citing "terrorist activity" in the area.

Muawiya Hassanein, chief of emergency and ambulance services in Gaza, the unidentified young man sustained moderate injuries, and was transferred to the Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City for treatment. Hours later the official said Deeb had succumbed to his wounds and died.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the man's death was under investigation, but confirmed that forces fired shots when a group approached the border area.

The official said a violent and illegal riot preceded the fire, and that participants threw rocks at the Nahal Oz crossing and set small fires nearby. Forces fired warning shots to distance them from the fence, she said.

The military considers the area a combat zone, the spokeswoman added.

In the following video, filmed by Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem’s Gaza field researched, a group of Palestinians and internationals is seen walking from the Ash-Shaj'iya neighborhood, east of Gaza City, toward the Israeli border fence. The youths reach a distance of a few dozen meters from the border, facing an Israeli military post. A soldier is seen near the post, observing events. None of the protesters are armed.



According to B’Tselem, the video shows a group of youths, some of them throwing stones at the military post. There is a sound of one shot. The injured youth is seen evacuated to receive medical treatment. He died later of his wounds. A previous shot, which was fired approximately 10 minutes earlier, was not captured on tape. The video was edited for length, B’Tselem noted.

Eating up 20% of Gaza's arable lands, farmers and civilians have demanded access to the area, which lies insude the 1967 boundaries, and from which Israel said it unilaterally withdrew in 2005.

Palestine People's Party politburo member Walid Al-Awad told Ma'an that hundreds of residents participated along side the victim, and marched toward the buffer zone waving Palestinian flags.

On Monday, a woman from Malta and three Gaza residents were wounded, one seriously, when Israeli forces fired on a protest near Khan Younis.
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1 ) Suha / Malta
28/04/2010 17:43
make sure to hold protests outside the no go zone just like you don't drive against traffic in a 1 way street

2 ) Sherezade / UK
28/04/2010 17:54
This is the inhumane response of the tyranical state of Israel that fires upon and kills innocent people protesting against the usurpation of their land, their right and their freedom. The tide had turned, gangrene has set in & Israels fear of the freedom of palestinians will eat away at this barbaric, undemocratic satanic state!

3 ) me / no man's land
28/04/2010 19:00
Why would you use live rounds on these people? Why would you shoot someone behind the fence? This is pure horror.

4 ) Nour / Palestine
28/04/2010 19:14
Another victim of Zionism. Something must be done, and urgently, to stop the IOF from murdering Palestinians on the Gaza side of the fence! This is cold-blooded and cruel murder.

5 ) palestinereview / USA
29/04/2010 02:42
Ah, yes. The brave Zionist soldiers have murdered yet another unarmed civilian.

I wonder what would happen if anyone ever fought back?

http://palestinereview.com

6 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
29/04/2010 06:57
Eventually the world will catch on that Israeli actions on this border are not about defense. They are about suppression and control. You shall overcome, some day.

7 ) ghj / USA
29/04/2010 09:17
If these people did something productive with their time, rather than protest, they wouldn't get shot.

8 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
29/04/2010 10:58
Sure ghj. And if people in Detroit just went to work, the unemployment rate would be lower. The land is supposed to be Gaza, not Israel. Israeli law is not supposed to be in effect in Gaza, but apparently, the IDF doesn't know that. So they think killing any old or young person they see is perfectly peachy, regardless of what they are doing. HINT: It is not OK.

9 ) Maureen / Australia
29/04/2010 12:36
Once again the Zionist gate-keepers shoot to kill the unarmed inmates of Gaza who dare to protest their deplorable almost unlivable conditions - is Israel setting the stage for the return of the rabid Zionist squatters to Gaza?

10 ) Norman / USA
07/11/2010 05:06
"the video shows a group of youths, some of them throwing stones at the military post" Just how unarmed are these demonstrators if they were doing that?

"The video was edited for length, B’Tselem noted" Another very important point. Just how much of this video was edited to give the impression that these demonstrators were really unarmed?
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