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6 killed in new Israeli strike on Deir al-Balah
Soldiers shoot dead 20-year-old man near Gaza border
Published Monday 05/11/2012 (updated) 06/11/2012 12:07
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Medics had to wait around six hours for permission to pick him up from
the spot near al-Bureij refugee camp. (MaanImages/File)
GAZA (Reuters) -- Israeli soldiers shot and killed a 20-year-old Palestinian man who approached a fence near Gaza's border with Israel, medics said on Monday.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the shooting took place after darkness fell on Sunday, saying troops opened warning shots when a man walking in a riverbed failed to heed orders to leave the buffer area.

Palestinian medics said the victim, Ahmad al-Nabaheen, was unarmed and mentally unfit. Relatives told the Palestinian Center for Human Rights he suffered from epileptic seizures.

He often strayed to border areas and had been detained by Israel two months ago, but released when authorities discovered his condition, PCHR said.

Medics had to wait around six hours for permission to pick him up from the spot near al-Bureij refugee camp. They suspected he died of injuries for which he might have been treated.

The Israeli spokeswoman could not confirm that information or say whether or not the victim was armed, saying more details about the case may become clearer later on Monday.

On Friday, a Palestinian man was seriously wounded after Israeli artillery fired several shells in the same border area. The army said it had suspected he was planting an explosive device, but no explosion ensued.

A week before, an Israeli officer had been severely injured when a bomb went off beside an army patrol in the border zone.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report
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1 ) Tobias / USA
05/11/2012 14:51
The Medics are right to "suggest the death was avoidable", but
The Medics were wrong about the primary reason, which
was approaching the board zone under cover of darkness !!

2 ) carine / UK
05/11/2012 21:36
The medics are right - this man's death was avoidable. Why didn't the IOF aim at his legs, why did they have to kill yet another unarmed man who, incidentally, was walking on his own side of the "border" and why did they leave him for hours to die in agony?

3 ) southparkbear / usa
06/11/2012 22:59
the criminologist was right too. had he not got to the area were millitants are planting bombs this could have been avoided

4 ) Robert / US
06/11/2012 23:24
#2 israelis use Palestinians as target practice. Come on get with the pogram
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