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2 injured by Israeli fire in north Gaza
Published Thursday 14/02/2013 (updated) 17/02/2013 13:19
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Two young Palestinian men were injured by Israeli fire in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, medics said.

A 20-year-old man was hit in the chest by gunfire east of Beit Hanoun, and is a moderate to serious condition, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.

Another man, aged 22, was shot in the hand in the same incident and has moderate injuries, al-Qidra said. The pair are being treated in Beit Hanoun hospital.

An Israeli army spokesman said several Palestinians approached the border fence and tried to damage the barrier. He said one person was wounded by soldiers attempts to distance the group.

Earlier Thursday, Israeli military vehicles crossed into northern Gaza near Beit Lahiya to level lands, witnesses told Ma'an.

Israeli forces opened fire in the direction of Palestinian farmers, to force them leave their lands during the operation, they said.

Israel had barred Palestinians from coming within hundreds of meters of the Gaza border area, but in a ceasefire deal last November agreed to ease curbs on Gaza.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
14/02/2013 17:45
Two people fitting the 3 profiles (age, gender, & location)
of Islamic militant terrorists were shot in self-defense.

2 ) Around / World
14/02/2013 18:29
How many times they were told: do not touch that fence! And when they try to do so and got hurt gazans should not complain and blame anyone else but themselves.

3 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
14/02/2013 18:48
Bing Crosby would weep singing for them : "Don't Fence Me In." What the free world takes for granted is a dream for people living within fences and walls, not just in Gaza, but in many places and prisons and retention centers all over the world. The star video I saw displayed in shops in Gaza in 2007 was - "Prison Break".

4 ) @ Around-2 & Carol-3 / Right & Wrong
15/02/2013 03:20
2- You are totally Right, that Palestinians No one "else but themselves": - to blame for being shot, by approaching a dangerous border fence, & - to blame for not having a real state, by refusing to compromise, or even to negotiate !! 3- You are totally Wrong, about Palestinians being "Fence In". Palestinians are fenced OUT of Israel, because they used their previous freedom of movement, as an opportunity to abduct, terrorize, murder, and suicide bomb. (Terror is down as a result.) !!

5 ) Golden Dome / USA
15/02/2013 04:40
The IDF speaks in code. 'Approaching' the fence means nothing other than being near the border. 'Damaging' the barrier means farming the land which is a key agricultural region in Gaza. Preventing farming in this area is more about economic terrorism against the Palestinians than 'security' for Israel.

6 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
15/02/2013 06:53
Why has the Gaza government not built its own wall, like the West Bank Wall? Nobody could see, let alone shoot people through it? Start with one 20 meters tall. Then build a permanent one 50 or 100 meters tall with deep foundations. Have UNRWA notify Israel. Israel has no logical or legal reason to object.

7 ) Mo / Canada
15/02/2013 07:25
they're not fenced in. there's a border fence on the israeli side, just like every country has a border keeping the other side out. If they really want, go through egypt. Israel doesn't want the people who wish to "die a martyr" into their country, obviously

8 ) Jordan / Palestine
15/02/2013 16:54
If Palestinians used the same criteria/mentality that is endorsed by the pro-IOF terror sponsors above - they would be shooting at illegal settlers all day and night in the West Bank. As Malcolm X used to say, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander."

9 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
15/02/2013 19:01
The electric fence separating Gaza from Israel was put in place in 1993. It consists of posts, sensors and a buffer zone which has been arbitrarily widened several times. In Switzerland, electric fences are used to keep animals like cows and horses from straying. Please refer to n? 5 and to http://ingaza.wordpress.com/videos-from-gaza/farming-under-fire-in-the-border-region/.

10 ) USAUSA / USA
17/02/2013 19:26
There is an electrified fence between Botswana and Zimbabwe - to keep the Zimbabweans out of Botswana. Greece is now building an Israeli style fence to keep muslims out - they cross from Turkey. And in neither of those cases to the persons crossing want to commit suicide bombings. So I think a fence is reasonable and considering that Hamas considers itself at war with Israel, this is a fairly mild response.
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