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Israel denies killing second Palestinian during Gaza upheaval
Published Wednesday 25/12/2013 (updated) 27/12/2013 10:15
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Reports that a Palestinian man was killed west of Beit Lahiya during an upheaval of violence in the Gaza Strip have been denied by Palestinian and Israeli sources.

Palestinian medical sources originally said Tuesday that Israeli forces had shot and killed a Palestinian on the beach in the northern Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said Israeli forces told the International Red Cross that they had shot and killed a man on the beach, and that Israel allowed Palestinian ambulances to access the area near the border in order to collect his body.

Medical sources told Ma'an that no body was found, but that Red Crescent teams found a dead sea creature with bullet holes in it, speculating that Israeli forces shot it by mistake.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an she was unfamiliar with any military communication with the International Red Cross regarding a dead Palestinian west of Beit Lahiya.

But she said that a Palestinian on Tuesday approached the border fence near Beit Lahiya and attempted to lay and explosive device, and that after warning him to stop, Israeli soldiers fired at his lower extremities, identifying a hit.

Palestinian sources also confirmed that a Palestinian was injured near the border in the same area.

Israel launched airstrikes across the Gaza Strip Tuesday, killing a 3-year-old Palestinian child and injuring her mother and brother, after an Israeli Civil Defense worker was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper at the border in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon.
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1 ) spb / us
25/12/2013 15:54
Was he? Was he not? This is a new popular game in Gaza. Better than fake funerals for al jazeera

2 ) Helena / Greece
25/12/2013 17:41
A dead sea creature? Are you making this stuff up? I fully realise Christmas is quiet news day, but this is absurd.

3 ) Bovine disease / USA
25/12/2013 17:45
I am fully expecting a Hamas full military funeral with much anguish and wailing throughout Gaza, to be shown on TV, to honour the ''dead sea creature''. You cannot make this stuff up!

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
25/12/2013 22:59
Sea creatures beware. The IDF might might think you're one of the untermenschen.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/12/2013 21:06
The interesting thing is that it makes perfect sense for the IDF to shoot the 'sea creature.' The crime of the seal or whatever it was is about the same as that of the Palestinians the Zionists normally shoot. He made the mistake of thinking he may continue to live in the land the Zionists have decided is theirs.
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