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Thousands attend funeral of Gaza man killed by Israeli forces
Published Saturday 21/12/2013 (updated) 23/12/2013 16:31
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Thousands of Palestinians gathered in northern Gaza Saturday for the funeral of a man who was shot dead by Israeli forces the day before.

Various Palestinian political factions were present at the funeral of Odeh Jihad Hamad in Beit Hanoun, and some of the factions threatened to retaliate against Israel for killing the 29-year-old.

An Islamic Jihad leader urged all Palestinian factions to respond boldly to the "ongoing Israeli assaults" against Palestinians in Gaza.

Khalid al-Batsh said in a statement: "The Israeli occupation is responsible the escalation of killings in Gaza and we have to confront these violations."

Hamad's brother told Ma'an Saturday that Hamad was a kilometer away from the border when Israeli soldiers shot him in the head. He said Israeli forces did not allow ambulances to the scene for an hour and a half after the shooting.

The brother added that he himself was shot in the hand.

Hamad's family said he was struggling financially and looking for a job before he was shot.


An Israeli army statement said that "Palestinians caused damage to the northern security fence" and "fired a mortar shell" into Israel Friday, adding that they "rioted and hurled rocks at soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip, and neared the fence in an attempt to enter Israel."

Soldiers responded by shooting one of them to death and hitting several others with live bullets, the statement said.


In another incident Friday, two Palestinians were shot and injured east of Khan Younis, spokesman for the Gaza ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra said. They were taken to the European hospital south of Khan Younis with moderate injuries, he added.

Israeli forces also shot and injured two Palestinian men east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip earlier on Friday.

One of them, 23-year-old Mohammad Ayoub, was shot near the eastern cemetery and transferred to Kamal Odwan hospital, medical officials said.

The other injured Palestinian was not immediately identified.


On Saturday Palestinian medical sources told Ma'an that 22-year-old Ismail Najjar was injured near Khan Younis when Israeli troops surprised farmers east of the refugee camp with gunshots.

An Israeli army spokeswoman after the shooting quoted Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner as saying the army was "required to defend the civilians of the state of Israel."

She said Najjar was a "terrorist" who tried to lay an explosive device near the border with Israel.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the State of Israel since 2006.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed off-limits to Palestinians.

The "security buffer zone" extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.

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1 ) Robert Haymond / Israel
21/12/2013 16:32
"Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border...": Yes, farmers, kite flyers, joy riders, geologists and nature lovers, are frequently shot at and not because they are would-be kidnappers of Israeli soldiers in disguise or scouts attempting to identify Israeli border weak spots for possible infiltration. No, no Hamas operatives would ever stoop so low as to find such ways to infiltrate enemy ground.

2 ) Joanna / tukusstan
21/12/2013 17:06
Nice and sunny there in Gaza for the funeral. I suppose these able bodied men are taking a few well earned rest from clearing up last weeks storm damage. Or are they demanding UNWRA organise and complete that task too.

3 ) @ Robert-1 / USA
21/12/2013 23:39
- I am relatively certain that you are being sarcastic when you write "Hamas operatives would Never stoop so low to infiltrate enemy ground, as to pretend to be farmers, kite flyers, joy riders, geologists, nature lovers", aggregate collectors, fisherman, etc., but other many not, so for clarity's sake, - I recall some years back, that Hezbollah operatives stooped so low to infiltrate enemy ground, as to wear Both Israeli uniforms, and also Jewish prayer caps (kipot or yamukas) !!

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/12/2013 01:19
Re posters #1 and #2. Zionists have no shame. As a group, they are the most loathsome class of people I have ever encountered. They literally are evil.

5 ) Tobias / USA
22/12/2013 02:42
- This man knew that he was doing something likely to get him killed, and responsibility for his death is his own, just like - When a man walks over the edge of a cliff, and falls to his death, you do not say that the cliff killed him, and instead you say - HE KILLED HIMSELF.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/12/2013 03:43
To Robert Haymond #1: 'Yes, farmers, kite flyers, joy riders, geologists and nature lovers, are frequently shot at and not because they are would-be kidnappers of Israeli soldiers in disguise or scouts attempting to identify Israeli border weak...' No, they are shot at because they are Palestinian, and Zionists love to murder Palestinians. That -- bizarre as it sounds -- is the truth.

7 ) Johnny benson / USA
22/12/2013 04:32
Sheer madness prevails...tunisa..Egypt..Libya ..Syria..Iraq..Palestine...delusional ..hatred....It is so sad...and hopeless...

8 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
22/12/2013 09:09
I thought everybody in Gaza was starving (even those shot because they were trying to put an IED on the border fence). These guys all look not just well fed, but slightly overfed. A picture is worth 1000 words.

9 ) @ Colin-6 / USA too
22/12/2013 16:39
The residents of Area C and Jerusalem, include about - 500,000 Zionists and - 100,000 Palestinians. The larger civilian Zionists population is Largely Armed with pistols, and The smaller Palestinians population is Largely Unarmed, but - THE ROUGHLY 100,000 ZIONIST, CIVILIAN WEAPONS ARE ALMOST NEVER USED AGAINST PALESTINIANS, so clearly - YOU LIE about "Zionists love to murder Palestinians", and instead stonings, bombings, and shooting prove the exact opposite !!
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