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Medics: Israeli gunfire injures 2 in Gaza
Published Saturday 01/12/2012 (updated) 03/12/2012 18:18
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were injured on Saturday by Israeli gunfire near the border fence in eastern Gaza, medics said, as Hamas accused Israel of violating the Egyptian mediated ceasefire.

Both men were taken to hospital in northern Gaza after the incident, the sixth of its kind since a truce was agreed to end eight days of violence between Israel and Hamas.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said "a few Palestinian rioters approached the security fence and in order to distance them soldiers acted in accordance with IDF rules of engagement."

Hamas accused Israel on Saturday of violating the shaky, Egyptian-brokered Gaza truce of Nov. 21 after a young Palestinian man died late Friday of wounds he sustained hours earlier by Israeli gunfire east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Palestinian medics confirmed Saturday that 21-year-old Mahmoud Jaroun was hit by a gunshot to the pelvis Friday evening, and was evacuated to Abu Yousif An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah before medics announced his death around midnight.

On Friday, 11 Palestinians sustained wounds by Israeli fire along the borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

The Gaza Strip's Hamas government described the death of Jaroun, as well as the Israeli navy's seizure of Palestinian fisherman, as violations of a ceasefire mediated by Cairo to end a surge of cross-border fighting this month.

"We have discussed this with Egyptian officials, so they guarantee a cessation to those violations," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

Since a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip was brokered by Egypt, two Palestinians have been shot dead and at least 40 have been injured. Gaza officials say over 30 fishermen have been detained since the agreement.

Abu Zuhri's remarks did not indicate that the government wants to abandon the ceasefire. The eight days of fighting this month killed at least 170 Palestinians, injuring over 1,000.

Six Israeli were also killed in the violence.

Islamic Jihad also condemned the violations, with its military wing releasing a statement saying that "continued and so flagrant (Israeli) violations would put the calm at risk and push resistance factions to respond in a way they deem suitable."

Increased Palestinian access to the Gaza fence and to fishing waters heavily patrolled by Israel were among conditions lodged by Hamas and other armed factions in the Cairo talks.

Reuters contributed to this report
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1 ) carine / Uk
01/12/2012 18:56
Why are IOF soldiers using live ammunition on the Palestinians - it seems to be the norm since the so-called ceasefire. And why is there no condemnation from anyone, especially big daddy, of the violations from the Israeli side. Imagine the outrage if Palestinians hit back...

2 ) gabi / australia
02/12/2012 00:54
is there just one day since the cease-fire that Israel has not fired at Gazans? Those Gazans must have enormous patience - I guess they have to, because if they did retaliate, then Israel would say "we have had daily rockets fired at us . . . no country would accept thousands of rockets fired indiscriminately at their citizens without fighting back . . " and all those lies they tell to justify their own terrorist actions.

3 ) Debra Bowser / Canada
02/12/2012 01:32
It seems clear that Israel does not want a "lasting peace"...they want the "last piece" of Palestine...minus the Palestinians.

4 ) Mo / Canada
02/12/2012 02:31
Dozens of people go to the border area to instigate daily and then they wonder why they get hurt. Go to a policeman in your country and throw a rock at his head and see what he does.

5 ) Pearl Mae / Us
02/12/2012 09:18
@carine/UK: Israelis follow rules of engagement tp protect themselves and the national border. Gazans are repeatedly warned in Arabic to stay away from the clearly demarcated border between Gaza and Isreal. If Gazans ignore verbal orders, then Border Guards fire warning shots. If Gazans ignore warning shots, then Border Guard and IDF are authorized to shoot at lower extremities if possible to stop intruders from advancing. The Gazans know very well about rules that are clearly spelled out.

6 ) carine / UK
02/12/2012 11:47
#5 - Who's national border? What "cleary demarcated" border? The fence is 100s of metres inside Gaza. Palestinians are protesting on their own side of the fence. My point is - why are IOF using live ammunition to fire over that border into Gaza and mow down unarmed people waving flags and chanting. Surely they are trained to deal with a bit of provocation from a handful of youths in a more humane way. IMO Israel is itching for a ground war in Gaza and are trying everything to make it happen.

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
03/12/2012 03:33
to gabi #1 'is there just one day since the cease-fire that Israel has not fired at Gazans? ' I think there was one, actually. Well, maybe they fired, but they didn't HIT any Palestinians. It would save space if Ma'an just headlined the days when Israel OBSERVED the ceasefire. Otherwise, I'd say it goes without saying that if Israel has entered into an agreement, she's violating it.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
03/12/2012 03:35
To Mo/Canada #4 'Dozens of people go to the border area to instigate daily and then they wonder why they get hurt. Go to a policeman in your country and throw a rock at his head and see what he does.' Comical. Go down to the US border and stand on the Canadian side without actually doing anything. Let me know when the US customs agent shoots you.
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