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Palestinian shot by Israeli forces in northern Gaza Strip
Published Saturday 11/01/2014 (updated) 12/01/2014 20:50
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces injured a 22-year-old Palestinian man on Saturday after opening fire in the northern Gaza Strip.

Local sources said that the young man was shot by Israeli soldiers stationed in military towers on the border east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip.

They added that he was shot in the right thigh, and was near a cemetery in the area when the shooting occurred.

The youth was transferred to Kamal Adwan Hospital following the incident.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that after four Palestinians "sabotaged" the border fence, Israeli soldiers asked them to "distance themselves" from the area.

After firing "warning shots," she added, soldiers opened fire at "their 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.

According to UNOCHA, 17% of Gaza's total land area and 35% of its agricultural land were within the buffer zone as of 2010, directly affecting the lives and livelihoods of more than 100,000 Gazans.
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1 ) Kathy P / USA
12/01/2014 04:34
Another meritless shooting.. A high velocity bullet tearing apart someones leg.. Permenant nerve dammage.. Flesh torn to shreds.. All for the amusement of a bored solder.. Hiding in a reinforced tower.. Such a sick and perverted society...

2 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
12/01/2014 09:58
The Palestinian Authority needs to finance a concrete barrier on the border, but not touching the fence, that is higher than any Israeli sniper tower by at least 10 meters. Israel's practice of randomly shooting Palestinians in Gaza for pleasure has to stop. A border barrier with a deep foundation would protect civilians on both sides. It would also recover all but a fraction of the agricultural land Israel has misappropriated by their "no-go-zones."

3 ) Outlier / USA
13/01/2014 23:04
"Good decisions are based on experience, and experience is usually based on bad decisions." Next time, he will leave the buffer zone when asked.
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