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Palestinian shot, injured by Israeli forces in north Gaza
Published Thursday 02/01/2014 (updated) 04/01/2014 15:37
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot and injured on Thursday by Israeli forces in the northern Gaza Strip, medics said.

Medics told Ma'an that the man was shot near a cemetery east of Jabaliya and was taken in an ambulance to the hospital in moderate condition, without providing further details.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that a number of Palestinians approached the Israel-Gaza border fence and "began damaging it" on Thursday afternoon. After asking the men to stop "several times" the Israeli soldiers "resorted to aiming fire at their lower extremities," identifying one hit.

The spokeswoman did not provide any information as to how the Palestinians were damaging the separation barrier, but the Israeli news site Ynet reported that they were "throwing stones."

The shooting comes approximately a week after an upheaval in violence in the Gaza Strip left two dead and several injured.

On Dec. 24, Israeli airstrikes killed a 3-year-old Palestinian girl and injured several others after a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli Civil Defense employee working at the border.

Two days later, two more Palestinians were injured in Israeli airstrikes, after two rockets fired from Gaza hit open Israeli areas, causing no injuries or damage.

On Saturday, Israeli tank fire injured two more Palestinians in central Gaza in an attack that was unconfirmed by the Israeli army but nonetheless made international headlines.

An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement was reached in November 2012 between Palestinian factions and Israel to end over a week of fighting which left over 170 Palestinians dead and more than a thousand injured. Six Israelis were also killed during the fighting.

Since the agreement, Israeli forces have shot dozens of Gazans in border areas, and have launched frequent incursions.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the Israel since 2006.
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1 ) Paula / Austria
02/01/2014 17:00
The dream of a future in which Israeli and Arab children can grow up free from the threat of war and the fear of terrorism unites all Israelis. However, the long history of failed negotiations with the Palestinians has proven that simply yearning for peace is not enough. Time after time, Israel has presented far-reaching peace proposals, made major concessions, relinquished extensive tracts of land, uprooted settlements, withdrawn forces, dismantled military bases .

2 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
02/01/2014 18:35
@1 What is in your food? AIPEC pills?

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
02/01/2014 21:43
'The spokeswoman did not provide any information as to how the Palestinians were damaging the separation barrier, but the Israeli news site Ynet reported that they were "throwing stones." ' That is to say, the IDF shot a Palestinian for no good reason, and the Israelis can't even be bothered to coordinate their stories.

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
02/01/2014 21:45
To Paula #1: 'Time after time, Israel has presented far-reaching peace proposals, made major concessions, relinquished extensive tracts of land, uprooted settlements, withdrawn forces, dismantled military bases .' This explains why Israel invariably reneges on what deals it does make, acquires more power over the Palestinians, occupies an ever-increasing area, and has a progressively larger and more powerful military. It's all those concessions and retreats it makes.

5 ) Carson / Canada
02/01/2014 21:47
@ Sarah: Is there something in Paula's post that is not true ? Everything she said is factual. What have the "Palestinians' offered for peace ?

6 ) JoeUSA / USA
03/01/2014 00:42
Paula @1 what peace proposals did Israel ever utter. They speak of "Painful concessions " that are never defined. They speak of building settlements , annexing settlement blocks , closures on Gaza , now even annexing areas " C" , bulding in area "E" , confiscating Bedouin lands in the Negev , home demolishing , administrative detention , shoot to kill policies so on and so forth , no shared Jerusalem , no return of refugees , so please explain to me whta peace proposals are you talking about ?

7 ) carine / UK
03/01/2014 01:47
#1 - Are you on this planet??

8 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
03/01/2014 15:07
Colin Wright: "Throwing stones" involves slinging them at speeds a wraging 120 kph, and have been known to surpass 200kph. When you are willing to stand in a field and allow someone to propel a 6cm stone at your face at between 120 to 200kph people MAY take you seriously. Those of us who actually live in the region though are all too aware of how those stones kill and maim, and that is above the fact that they were trying to damage a border barrier. Under ROE they all could have been killed.

9 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
03/01/2014 15:18
Joe: Building "Settlements" is allowed under Oslo. Sector E1 IS in Area C, the portion where Oslo allows Israel to build. Bedouins have never privately owned an iota of the Negev. The Gaza Blockade was undertaken by direct request of the PA to stem the HAMAS coup. Jerusalem is strictly Final Status and there is NO "shoot to kill policy." Stop aping propaganda. You ask about Israeli offers? Review the Ross Plan and get back to me. You foreigners never seem to do anything but recycle canards.

10 ) John / england
04/01/2014 20:37
The article says 'Since the agreement Israeli forces have shot dozens of Gazans in border areas, and have launched frequent incursions' I think you forgot to mention the thousands of rocket, shooting and stabbing attacks that the Palestinians have carried out against Israelis #6 Israel withdrew from gaza, they are pressured into releasing hundreds of murderers of men, women and children but they don't offer peace proposals...
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