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Medics: 5 injured by Israeli fire in Gaza on Friday
Published Saturday 08/02/2014 (updated) 10/02/2014 14:56
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An Israeli army tank keeps position near a security fence standing
on the Gaza border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern
Gaza Strip, during a demonstration by Palestinian youths on Nov.
23, 2012 (AFP/File Said Khatib)
GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Five Palestinians were wounded by Israeli army gunfire Friday near the separation barrier in the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources said.

Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry in the territory, said the five men were in their early twenties.

One was in serious condition from a shot to the chest, he told AFP.

Palestinian witnesses said the soldiers opened fire after they were attacked by stones hurled over the border fence.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP there were a series of clashes along the border, including east of Jabalia, where "Palestinians hurled stones at soldiers and tried to sabotage the security fence."

"The soldiers tried to distance the crowd using riot dispersal means and firing several warning shots in the air" before shooting "towards one main instigator," she said.

Clashes are common on Fridays, with regular protests near the border in support of Gaza farmers who say troops uprooted their trees to create a buffer zone.

The 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 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
08/02/2014 10:01
Ma'an, if you want witnesses, go ask the reporters, not IDF. according to a PIC reporter they didn't trow stones. So who are these Palestinian witnesses? Did you check? Sometimes I've got the feeling you never check the story's and believe whatever IDF tells you to write. "The PIC reporter in the area said that a group of young men headed to the buffer zone in a peaceful march while chanting and waving Palestinian flags but were showered with a hail of bullets on the part of the IOF soldiers"

2 ) Jenna kovacs / England
08/02/2014 10:21
How can Israel still be getting away with this??? Illegal slaughter of innocent Palestinians, Apartheid is a crime and needs to be stopped

3 ) E / usa
08/02/2014 12:07
Innocent palestinians #2 please don't make me laugh. Palestinians are at fault with everything that's going on. Rockets fire from gaza= blocade of gaza. Suicide bombers = separations wall. Haters of jews = no state. So its their fault that they "suffering". No palestinians= world peace

4 ) Kathy P / USA
08/02/2014 15:53
Nothing wrong with a little fun... Blasting away at monsters, as in a video game... Watch them fall to the ground, and writhe in their own fluid, and innards.. Laugh as the remaining ones first scatter, then reassemble to help their friends.. Shoot some more.. Laughing all the while... Such a sick and perverted society..

5 ) Hetty / the Netherlands
08/02/2014 18:26
#3: You forget of course what is the cause: no occupation: no suffering for Palestinians. Everything starts with this illegal occupation. No thief should get away with it. No justice no peace.

6 ) Maureen / Australia
08/02/2014 20:17
#3E Guess you have never heard of the Rothschilds, Bolsheviks, US Zionist archetects of war... Iraq was 'a war Israel had to have' and don't forget Israel's invasions of Lebanon AND Israel!s continued whining for USA to bomb Iran! Be honest, Israel is the problem.

7 ) @ Sarah-1 / USA
08/02/2014 20:26
If you "go ask Palestinian reporters", then you will be told lies, so the POF has a choice to make, and consequences to accept from either: -1- MAKE PEACE With Israel on less than desired terms, OR -2- FOREVER EXPECT a Future of tear-gas, stun-grenades, and "A HAIL OF BULLETS"

8 ) @ Jenna-2 / Three Things
08/02/2014 20:39
It is harder to understand "How Gaza Militants can still be getting away with" war crimes of firing rockets at Israeli civilians, and for your info, The rest of the world knows Three Things, that: -1- "Five Injured" is Not A "Slaughter", and even 5 killed is justifiable when they attack border security measures of another country, and -2- Palestinians are often Not "innocent", and -3- the term "Apartheid" applies to a country's internal laws, but Gaza is Not an internal part of Israel.

9 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
08/02/2014 21:02
There is a no go zone where Gazans are not permitted to go. If they go there, they will suffer the consequences of their actions. It is simple.

10 ) Maureen / Australia
08/02/2014 23:34
#9 Rondo Mondo That's right! Just like the native occupants of Canada and Australia once were - how dare they imagine themselves to be human beings with human rights within their own land! The world knows how Gaza Palestinian people are blown to smithereans for daring to visit their strip of beach area or try to fish in their own territorial sea waters!

11 ) Saburah / Misri
09/02/2014 02:54
Sarah in Netherlands has a good point. Ma'an always says it has asked IOF for information, but never gives eye witness accounts from our Palestinian brothers & sisters, especially not from Gaza. We are worried about what is happening there. It is very worrying to read that IOF keep shooting and bombing Gaza. Please, give us true information, not fabriction from IOF.

12 ) John Turnbull / Canada
09/02/2014 10:14
@ Rondo Mondo How close to your window are you allowed to stand before I'm justified in shooting you? Where should Israel build a second, inner fence to protect its real border. Or does it have one of those?

13 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
09/02/2014 21:03
@#12 John Turnbull: Noone was standing at a window so cut the nonsense. There is a 300 to 500 meter-wide zone that runs parallel to the fence and for the last 9 years it hS been offlimits except to agricultural workers who may work land after having been vetted. This is because Gazans lay IEDs on the febce, like the 5 that have detonated since New Years, and build abduction tunnels like the 2km long tunnel discovered in October. Crowding the fence serves to divert attention as they lay an IED

14 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/02/2014 04:43
To Rondo Mondo #9: 'There is a no go zone where Gazans are not permitted to go. If they go there, they will suffer the consequences of their actions. It is simple.' One of the difficulties is that said 'no go zone' doesn't lie within Israeli territory.

15 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/02/2014 04:44
To @ #8: 'the term "Apartheid" applies to a country's internal laws, but Gaza is Not an internal part of Israel.' Then why is Israel entitled to kill people there?
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