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Palestinian man shot at close range by Israeli forces in Hebron
Published Saturday 19/10/2013 (updated) 23/10/2013 11:06
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Israeli soldiers patrolling in the Gaza Strip, July 12, 2005.
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot and injured by Israeli soldiers on Saturday in the Wadi al-Khalil area south of Hebron.

Red Crescent official Nasser Qabaja told Ma'an that Ismael Mashni, 23, was shot in both feet by Israeli forces.

He was subsequently taken in a private car to a medical center in al-Dhahiriya and later moved to Hebron Governmental Hospital.

Witnesses said that Mashni was shot from close range by the Israeli forces, but had no more details.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that the man was seen "damaging the security fence" near the Israeli town of Meitar.

"Soldiers detected the man and opened fire towards his lower extremities," she added.

Hebron is a frequent site of clashes due to the presence of 500 Israeli settlers in the Old City, many of whom have illegally occupied Palestinian houses and forcibly removed the original inhabitants. They are protected by thousands of Israeli forces.

Settlers and Israeli forces regularly target local Palestinians for harassment, and many have been forced from their homes as a result.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law. The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Policy of Self-Defense / Israel
21/10/2013 15:35
"Damaging the security fence" leads to Israeli soldier's warnings, and If the
Damage continues "firing (rubber-bullets) towards lower extremities" follows.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/10/2013 21:16
To Policy #1: '"Damaging the security fence" leads to Israeli soldier's warnings, and If the Damage continues "firing (rubber-bullets) towards lower extremities" follows.' In modern countries, arrest would be the more usual procedure.

3 ) JoeUSA / USA
21/10/2013 23:49
Even an extreme case of vandalism to property whether private or public , in cultured societies , does not warrant the use of deadly force . Ref @1 comments , why did they shoot him. Didt he "suspect" pose an immediate danger to the soldiers lives ? I do not believe he did. Even if he disobeyed their orders. A Jewish settler vandalizes state property ( army Jeeps etc.) and soldiers try to arrest such criminals w/o shooting them. Settlers do attack soldiers and they are treated with kids gloves

4 ) Robert / U.S.
22/10/2013 19:39
The illegal occupational apartheid rouge state at it again , when will this sickness end ?.

5 ) Lawyer / World
23/10/2013 01:50
Actually for most of the world, in these circumstances, it would be shoot to kill. Try damaging the Pakistan India fence from either side. They don't aim at the feet.

6 ) Violence Begets / Violence
25/10/2013 23:35
And, Palestinian Protests, Riots, and Bombings are dealt with FAR LESS violently by Israel than the actual Palestinian Protests & Bombings themselves !!!
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