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Young man seriously injured by Israeli fire in northern Gaza Strip
Published Monday 23/12/2013 (updated) 25/12/2013 11:23
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and seriously injured a young Palestinian man near Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

Palestinian medical sources confirmed that a young man in his twenties from Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City was hit in the leg and abdomen.

He was evacuated first to Kamal Udwan hospital in Jabalia, then to al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.

An Israeli spokeswoman said in a statement that, "A suspect was identified approaching the security fence in the northern Gaza strip, in an attempt to conceal an explosive device against IDF soldiers."

"The soldiers at the scene called at the suspect to stop, fired warning shots to the air, and once he failed to comply, opened fire towards his lower extremities."

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.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the State of Israel since 2006.
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1 ) Robert Haymond / Israel
23/12/2013 23:17
"Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians ... if they approach large swathes of land near the border...". And in addition to farmers these soldiers shoot kite flyers, amateur geologists, hunters, boy scouts, campers and cave explorers. None of these people can ever be considered Hamas or Islamic Jihad operatives. No Arab has ever shot a missile into Israel; none has ever kidnapped an Israeli; no Gazan has ever built a tunnel as a means of infiltrating enemy country...

2 ) joesph / usa
23/12/2013 23:41
you forgot to mention Egypt has also imposed a blockade

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/12/2013 02:28
The IDF, of course, is unable to provide any evidence to support its claim.

4 ) Outlier / USA
24/12/2013 02:47
(excuse the pun) Not rocket science - stay away from the border fence.

5 ) Truth / the World
24/12/2013 03:19
"in an attempt to conceal an explosive device against IDF soldiers." ... LOL!!! What a bunch of zionist hasbara, propaganda, fear-mongering and lies! Nobody believes this crap!

6 ) sylvia / uk
24/12/2013 14:49
Actually no3, the stock reply of IDF "we have no information on this".

7 ) Mel / USA
24/12/2013 16:02
If the IOF thought he was reallyu carrying an IED they'd have gone for a quick-kill shot.The leg & abdomen are SLOW kill,slow bleed-out targets,that Israeli soldiers use as routine sniper pot-shot games. He was no real threat to them,else his death would have been instant. Just his mere presence on HIS OWN LAND,was the "threat".This is just more Israeli brutality & terrorizing of trapped civilians in the fish-bowl,POW camp,of Gaza.

8 ) spb / us
25/12/2013 06:17
You would expect extrimists to have injuries in upper extermities

9 ) Florence N / United Kingdom
25/12/2013 13:52
The picture Robert Haymond (1) paints of the Israeli Army is horrible, so brave of him to speak out like that. Thank God- this young man was only injured & not killed. Hopefully he will make a full recovery.

10 ) spb / us
25/12/2013 16:14
Not sure he was serious
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