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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian youth in northern Gaza
Published Tuesday 15/04/2014 (updated) 16/04/2014 19:19
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Palestinians carry a fellow protester wounded during clashes with
Israeli forces near east of Gaza City on Jan. 17, 2014.
(AFP/File/Mohammed Abed)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian youth in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, witnesses told Ma'an.

Soldiers positioned at Erez crossing opened fire at a group of Palestinian men collecting stones from nearby fields, hitting 19-year-old Wasim Abu Audah in the leg, locals said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the shooting, saying there were 30 Palestinians gathered in the area.

"It's a prohibited area; they're not supposed to be there," the spokeswoman said.

She said Israeli forces first used "riot dispersal means" in an attempt to clear the gathering.

After Palestinians remained in the area, the soldiers fired warning shots into the air and later shot at the lower extremities of the "main instigator."

"A hit was confirmed," the spokeswoman said.

Israeli forces have injured six Palestinian stone-collectors with live fire in Gaza since Thursday.

Many people in the besieged coastal enclave collect small stones in order to make gravel for concrete, because the import of concrete is forbidden by the Israeli economic blockade. The blockade has been in force 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 ) Why, exacty are Gaza / youth
15/04/2014 12:30
collecting stones from nearby fields, Near EREZ crossing??? why are they trying to disrupt passage of necessary goods from Israel to Gaza????????

2 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
15/04/2014 12:35
they're not supposed to be there," the spokeswoman said??? Like the settlers in the West Bank???

3 ) Tobias / USA
15/04/2014 13:55
A "19-year-old" is A Man, And Not A "Youth," and
Given that he was shot by the Security Fence,
He was probably a bomb-planting fighter !!


4 ) Rami / Palestine
16/04/2014 14:39
#1 Maybe you conveniently forgot but Gaza is under siege. Cement is not allowed in to Gaza to rebuild homes that Israel destroyed. So guess what? People collect stones, rocks and gravel, to ground into cement to use to rebuild their homes. Also how do you know that they were trying to "disrupt passage of necessary good from Israel to Gaza"? Not even the IDF mentioned that. And #3, A security fence is an inanimate object. It doesn't shoot anything. Also cover up, your racism is showing.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
17/04/2014 08:31
To Tobias #3: 'Given that he was shot by the Security Fence, He was probably a bomb-planting fighter !!' Actually, given that he was shot by the IDF, about all you can say with any confidence is that he was (a) Palestinian, and (b) within range.
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