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Israeli forces open fire on Gaza protesters, 17 injured
Published Friday 14/02/2014 (updated) 16/02/2014 11:17
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian protesters in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, injuring 17 people, medics said.

Emergency services chief Ashraf al-Qidra told AFP 13 protesters were wounded by gunfire and four hit by tear gas.

Earlier he said one of the men shot was in critical condition.

The wounded were taken to Kamal Adwan hospital for treatment.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the shooting but did not say if anyone was injured.

"Hundreds of Palestinians were throwing stones to try to damage the security fence between Gaza and Israel," said the spokeswoman.

"Our soldiers tried to keep the crowd at bay by using anti-riot methods and by firing live bullets towards the legs of the main instigators," she added.

Later the army said that two "projectiles" fired from the Gaza Strip hit an open area in the southern Israel without causing casualties or damage.

It was not immediately clear if they were rockets or mortar rounds.

On Thursday, Israeli soldiers shot dead Ibrahim Suleiman Mansour, 26, and injured another man after shooting him in the foot.

A Ma'an reporter said that the two men were collecting rubble near the border when they were shot.

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 UN's OCHA humanitarian agency, 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 people.

AFP contributed to this report.
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1 ) Security / Barrier
14/02/2014 22:15
How many times Palestinians were told - do not go near that fence? They do not understand - so they have no one to blame now, but themselves.

2 ) Johnny benson / USA
15/02/2014 01:58
Propaganda at their own people's expense....sad indeed

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
15/02/2014 04:55
This is a bitter way to have to wage the struggle.

4 ) Julian / Germany
15/02/2014 10:35
The Friday martyrdom mission party, was not successful. With no ones family collecting the PA martyr mission pension for life scheme. Hey ho.

5 ) Jordan / Palestine
15/02/2014 13:36
#1 It's their land - Israel has no right to enforce on buffer zone on someone else's territory - and 'damaging a fence' or 'approaching one' is not a legitimate basis to use lethal force - unless it is a society that has lost all moral bearing - as your comments and others like you seem to indicate

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
16/02/2014 03:08
re posters 1,2, 4: It's nauseating to see that there are people who enjoy seeing boots getting ground into human faces. I can tolerate a lot of things -- but pure, gloating evil is a bit much.

7 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
24/02/2014 21:38
@5: In 1920 the L.of Nations consigned ALL of it to Zionists and there has NEVER been a legal re-llocation. In Oslo II Israel agreed in the context of continued negotiations to withdraw its allocation on Gaza and 38% of the so called "W.Bank."However that expired in 1999 and there have been no further talks in that respect.Still, in 2005 Israel withdrew from Gaza, built a border barrier and established a buffer zone inside the fence.If anyone approaches that barrier it is entirely on them.
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