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Israeli forces injure 4 Palestinians in shootings near Gaza border
Published Thursday 10/04/2014 (updated) 12/04/2014 21:02
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinians were injured across the Gaza Strip on Thursday as Israeli forces opened fire in two incidents and fired a tank shell into the besieged Palestinian enclave, medical sources said.

A young Palestinian was shot and injured by Israeli forces east of Jabaliya refugee camp north of Gaza on Thursday afternoon.

Spokesman for the Gaza Strip ministry of heath Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an that a 24-year-old was shot in the foot near the eastern cemetery.

He was taken to Kamal Adwan Hospital with moderate injuries, al-Qidra added.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "suspects approached the fence and were called numerous times to stop," but after they failed to do so soldiers opened fire towards their "lower extremities." She could not confirm any hits.

The shooting follows an incident in the morning when three Palestinian men were shot and injured by Israeli fire near the Erez/Beit Hanoun crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

The sources said Israeli troops stationed on monitor towers opened fire at workers collecting small stones from fields to be used for making concrete, injuring three workers seriously.

Palestinian ambulances evacuated the victims to Kamal Udwan hospital.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said Israeli forces fired at Palestinians who had gathered near the crossing after the failed to respond to warning shots and riot-dispersal means.

She could not confirm if any direct hits were registered.

Earlier, Israeli forces fired an artillery shell at an open area in the northern Gaza Strip, witnesses told Ma'an.

The tank shell landed in an open area near Erez crossing.

The area, according to witnesses, was an Israeli industrial zone before Israeli forces disengaged from the Gaza Strip in 2005. No injuries were reported in that incident.

The National Resistance Brigades, a military wing affiliated to the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, told Ma'an that fighters affiliated to the group detonated an explosive device near the crossing.

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.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the State of Israel since 2006.

The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.
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1 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
10/04/2014 20:49
What exactly are their orders ?

2 ) @ The Editor / Accuracy
10/04/2014 23:01
Journalistic Accuracy Is Important, which Maan Fails at so Often, where: -1- The tank shell was fired NOT "into the besieged Palestinian enclave" in general, but at specific militant "suspects", and -2- As for the bullets, they too were fired at specific militant targets, after "suspects were called numerous times to stop," and then only "towards their "lower extremities", so as NOT to kill.

3 ) Damian Lataan / Australia
11/04/2014 03:39
The Israelis are clearly deliberately provoking the Palestinians in the Strip to retaliate by launching rockets into Israel. In turn, this then provides the Israelis with an opportunity to carry out air strikes into the Gaza in an attempt to escalate the conflict further. The ultimate aim is for the confrontation to become so extensive that the Israelis will invade and once again fully occupy the Gaza Strip. They've tried it twice before.

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/04/2014 03:33
To @ #2: 'Journalistic Accuracy Is Important...' You overlook the fact that all the statements you cite are from the IDF. Actually, Ma'an does dutifully quote the IDF's lies. What's your problem?

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/04/2014 03:35
To Damian #3: 'The Israelis are clearly deliberately provoking the Palestinians in the Strip to retaliate by launching rockets into Israel...' Be fair. Israeli soldiers enjoy shooting Palestinians as an end in itself. No deeper motive needs to be read into it.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/04/2014 04:24
To Carol #1: 'What exactly are their orders ?' Zionists don't need orders. It just comes naturally to them.
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