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Israeli forces shoot dead Gaza protester, injure another
Published Friday 24/01/2014 (updated) 27/01/2014 09:47
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Palestinians carry a fellow protester wounded during clashes with
Israeli forces near east of Gaza City on January 17, 2014.
(AFP/Mohammed Abed)
GAZA STRIP (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot dead one Palestinian and injured another on Friday during a protest east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip.

Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra, said that 20-year-old Bilal Samer Oweidah died after being shot dead in the chest by Israeli forces near the border.

Owiedah was among a group of Palestinians who had gathered near the border to protest the buffer zone imposed by Israel, al-Qidra said.

Another Palestinian was moderately injured when Israeli forces opened fire on the protesters, he said.

Locals said that Oweidah was taken to Kamal Adwan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "Palestinians gathered in a prohibited area near the border," and began "hurling rocks and burning tires" towards Israeli forces.

She added that Israeli forces sought to break up the protest using "riot dispersal means," but "after all efforts were exhausted, they fired towards two main instigators and two hits were identified."

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.

According to UNOCHA, 17 percent of Gaza's total land area and 35 percent 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 ) Blame The Militants / Legitimate Security Concerns
24/01/2014 18:31
* Militants on the Gaza-side of the border attacked Israel,
so ISRAEL built the Security Fence in SELF-DEFENSE, and
* Militants on the Gaza-side of the border continued attacking Israel,
so Israel created the Buffer Zone for Increased Security, and
* Militants on the Gaza-side of the border use the "protests"
to get close to the border, so as to better continue attacking Israel,
so Israel Defends the Border and Buffer Zone !!!

2 ) Johnny benson / USA
24/01/2014 20:47
Then of course the militants shoot rockets over at Israel....and when Israel reacts then the militants ad their friends around the world then can cry foul....and own and on

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
24/01/2014 21:04
If Palestinians just perpetually groveled in submission and begged for permission to serve their Jewish masters, I'm sure all this could be avoided.

4 ) Kathy P / USA
24/01/2014 21:58
Yet another sensless murder, and grave injury... From a reinforced, protected watchtower.. Sniping unarmed civilians.. For amusement.. Such a sick, and perverted society...

5 ) Ben Alofs / UK/the Netherlands
24/01/2014 23:41
Young Gazans protest the cruel siege of Gaza and the imposition of the 300 m buffer zone, that prevents Gazan farmers from working their fields. Farmers and now a young protester are killed by cowardly Israeli soldiers who are under no threat whatsoever. These snipers revel in taking potshots at the Palestinian inmates of Gaza Ghetto. It reminds me of Ralph Fiennes's character taking potshots at the inmates of a concentration camp in Steven Spielberg's film "Schindler's list". It's sickening.

6 ) Imael / USA
24/01/2014 23:53
"Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will flee." King Solomon in Proverbs. The IDF is only doing what they know to be holy wisdom.

7 ) jabe / Canada
25/01/2014 00:52
The continued justification for what Israelies are doing to the Palestinian people is beyond the pale. I say Israelies, because your rationalizations of the oppression and violence being perpetrated enables this evil . You close your eyes to the suffering of a people; you cease to have a compassion which would put you in the place of those you dehumanize. As a result, we get such comments as #1 and #2.

8 ) @ Colin-3 / USA too
25/01/2014 00:59
** IF PALESTINIANS just Once (not "perpetually") would ** NEGOTIATE, COMPROMISE, & SIGN a Peace Agreement, that ends the Conflict, and resolve the Land, Capital, & Refugee Dispute, as you say "I'm sure all THISCOULD BE AVOIDED", without any "groveling", ** BUT PALESTINIANS ALWAYS PREFER TERRORISM to compromise.

9 ) Outlier / USA
25/01/2014 02:18
Stay. Away. From. The. Fence. What in this do Gazans not understand?

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
25/01/2014 04:01
Re Blame #1 and Johnny Benson #2: where else in the world but among Zionists could you find people who will in all seriousness defend caging people and then shooting any who come within a kilometer? It's stunning to realize their sheer evil.

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
25/01/2014 04:03
To Kathy P #4: '...For amusement.. Such a sick, and perverted society...' Well, Israel's had sixty six years. It's amazing the progress you can make.

12 ) BDS / Canada
25/01/2014 04:58
Euphemisms cannot hide the truth that yet another murder was committed by the brutal heavily armed occupiers. Support the BDS as a means to bring justice and human rights to Palestine.

13 ) rachela m / uk
25/01/2014 05:05
re: 172 - Baloney, it's oppressive and totalitarian Israeli IDF state terrorism, that's gone on for 67 years everywhere in Palestine. Israel's needs a pretext to elude criticism and pity play to keep up it's foul human rights abuses and violations of international law, to justify all the killing, maiming and land theft from Palestinians. 1&2, and others, have no interest in admitting facts, only covering the up to avoid facing the truth - No chutzpah, only self denial and hasbara again and again

14 ) carlos / usa
25/01/2014 06:11
My hat off to Colin Wright and Kathy P they understand and care about the inhumanity israel practices. I am glad to see at this comment section there are more US citizens condemning israels murders than excusing. There is progress in human rights. BTW Anat Kamm and Uri Blau were arrested for exposing israels policy of summary execution of Palestinians. Not even Jews in israel are allowed to talk about the summary executions of Palestinians. Maybe that is why #1 is so ignorant.

15 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
25/01/2014 08:21
Ma'an: The buffer is 300 to 1,500 meters, NOT "500 to 1,500" and once again the lue about "frequently shooting farmers" is repeated. Ma'an knows quite well that farners are vetted and given permits to work within the Buffer Zone. It is terrorists who try to rush the border that end up shot. Colin: Careful wannabe, your mask is slipping. Anti Semitism is always ugly.

16 ) Colin Wright / USA
25/01/2014 11:55
Leaving aside the legality of a a nation dispersing a protest taking place in territory it disavows responsibility for, what's bizarre is how on Planet Israel, shooting to kill becomes a perfectly acceptable crowd control technique.

17 ) @ Colin #16 / U.S.A
26/01/2014 01:25
That is a blatant lie. It's not that it has become acceptable. It's just that Israelis are smarter than you and most pro - 'Palestinians' , in the sense that they don't believe that IDF soldiers shoot 'Palestinians' for no reason, like many articles suggest here. Have there been instances where idiot soldiers have done this in the last 65 years?? Very possible, but that is absolutely not hoe the IDF conducts itself. Maybe if Israelis were as feeble minded as you, they would believe it.

18 ) southparkbear / usa
26/01/2014 02:17
i guess education is a bottom priority in gaza. people around the world know that border fence cannot be touched or destroyed. so expect more hot headed IJ or Hamas of other palestinians to pay for trying

19 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/01/2014 20:53
To Rachimim Dwek: 'Colin: Careful wannabe, your mask is slipping. Anti Semitism is always ugly.' Since by 'anti-semitism' you mean 'hostility to Israel,' I fail to see the point of your remark. As I've noted in the past, hostility to Nazism was not evidence of bigotry towards Germans in 1940.

20 ) Colin Wright / USA
26/01/2014 20:55
To @ #16: ' Very possible, but that is absolutely not hoe the IDF conducts itself. Maybe if Israelis were as feeble minded as you, they would believe it.' Au contraire. The IDF has carried out massacres of up to eight hundred unarmed prisoners at a time, employs terror as an instrument of policy, has conducted one of the few effective ethnic cleansing programs of modern times, and is on record as ordering the murder rather than the arrest of awkward activists. So please -- no 'clean IDF.'

21 ) Colin Wright / USA
27/01/2014 01:37
To @ #17: 'That is a blatant lie. ' Among other incidents, I remember when Israel was openly shooting down unarmed protestors as they approached the border in the Golan Heights. The soldiers were doing it under orders, and the reason given for using live ammunition is that that no tear gas, etc had been provided. The IDF does murder civilians, it does so deliberately, and it does it as a matter of policy.

22 ) Three "IF"s / \ Tibi/Tubas
29/01/2014 06:32
1- IF our children play in the streets, they may get hit by cars, just as
if they play with terrorism, they may get arrested by Israel, and
2- IF we don't want this future for our children, then
we must stop them from playing in streets and with terror, and lastly
3- IF we don't stop them, and they do get hurt or arrested, then
we should blame ourselves, instead of the cars or state of Israel !!!
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