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Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinian near border in northern Gaza
Published Sunday 11/05/2014 (updated) 13/05/2014 09:59
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops shot and injured a Palestinian man in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, locals and an army spokeswoman said.

The man was collecting small stones used to make concrete on the outskirts of Beit Hanoun near Erez crossing when Israeli forces opened fire at him, locals said.

He was taken to Kamal Udwan Hospital in Beit Lahiya for treatment.

Many Gazans collect pebbles in order to make concrete as the Israeli economic blockade has prevented the import of civilian construction material, including concrete, since 2007.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said there were "a few suspects in the area" near Erez crossing who were "tampering with the ground."

The Palestinians were in a "buffer zone" area forbidden to Palestinians, she said.

After using "riot dispersal means" to no avail, Israeli soldiers fired at the Palestinians' lower extremities, "identifying a hit."

Asked if the Palestinians were threatening the soldiers in any way, the spokeswoman said: "The threat is trying to enter Israel."

She added that there was also the concern of explosive devices being planted in the area.

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.
1 ) JohnWV / USA
11/05/2014 13:32
Besieged Palestinian Gaza is an experiment in provocation. Stuff a million and a half people into a tiny space, stifle their access to water, electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their livelihoods, humiliate them regularly...and, surprise, surprise - they turn hostile. Now why would you want to do that experiment? Because the hostility you provoke is the whole point. Now under attack you can cast yourself as the victim, and call out the helicopter gunships and the F16 attack fighters

2 ) the role of IDF is to PROTECT / ISRAEL BORDER
11/05/2014 13:43

3 ) Joe Fox / US
11/05/2014 14:54
Thou shalt not tamper with the ground.

4 ) Mel / USA
11/05/2014 17:39
Nazi/SS did that when Jews tried to escape/survive the Warsaw Ghetto!SS executed kids,men,point-blank in the head for DARING to try to survive the collective punishment(war crime)by making tunnels for supplies,food,meds, etc.In Gaza,nearly 2 MILLION civilians(800,000 kids)are locked in(by Israel,USG&nowEgypt again))by land,sea &air.Can't work to earn to live a quality life.On Zionism's malnutrition'diet'.Farmers shot for tending land by Israel's barbed-wire apartheid barrier.SHAME ON Israeli's!

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/05/2014 17:53
'An Israeli army spokeswoman said there were "a few suspects in the area" near Erez crossing who were "tampering with the ground." ' For the true connoisseur of IDFisms, that's a classic.

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/05/2014 18:02
To role of IDF #2: 'NO BODY DIES IF THEY DO NOT DO SOMETHING TO THREATEN ISRAEL!' It's hard to believe you actually intend to be taken seriously. This guy was (a) unarmed, (b) anything up to a kilometer away, (c) only 'interfering with the ground' in an attempt to scrape out some sort of living, and (d) not in Israel in the first place. You think it's right for Israel to shoot him. The Zionist mind at its finest...

7 ) Ian B / Australia
11/05/2014 19:11
All the Palestinians have to do is renounce violence,renounce terrorism and accept Israel's existence and peaceful prosperity will follow.Ultimately in 2 or 3 generations this will happen. Where is the Palestinian Ghandi,Mandela or Martin Luther King?

8 ) Kathy P / USA
11/05/2014 19:13
So.. In order to protect isreal... It is required to kill and maim unarmed civilians.. Starving.. By heavily armed soldiers... Sitting in reinforced concrete watchtowers.. Using high powered sniper assault rifles... With optical scopes.. Sniping anything that comes into range.. Killing and maiming.. Sniping.. Such a repugnant and perverted society..

9 ) JoeFattal / USA
11/05/2014 19:30
@1) You are absolutely right. From the picture above the soldiers look like three hunters armed heavily looking for something to shoot at. And they did. A man walking around probably minding his own business picking-up stones.

10 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
11/05/2014 20:26
I'm sure that he was really just collecting rocks to make gravel, to make a little money. The level of unemployment level in Gaza hovers around 40%. See the site of BTslem and http://972mag.com/photos-life-and-death-in-gazas-border-zone/87383/.

11 ) JohnWV / USA
11/05/2014 20:52
continued from 1) above: ...and the heavy tanks and the guided missiles, and destroy yet more of the pathetic remains of infrastructure that the Palestinian state still has left. And then you can point to it as a hopeless case, unfit to govern itself, a terrorist state, a state with which you couldn't possibly reach an accommodation. And then you can carry on with business as usual, quietly stealing their homeland.

12 ) Tibi / Tubas
11/05/2014 21:38
Only a fool risks his like to "collect pebbles in order to make concrete", so this man was either a fool, or more likely a terrorist testing the security, or trying to plant a bomb.

13 ) Maureen / Australia
11/05/2014 22:20
#2 BS! Why does the IOF terrorize and arrest very small Palestinian children? Have you seen the T shirts worn by certain IOF members depicting the abdomen of a pregnant Palestinian woman in the crosshairs of an Israeli gun?

14 ) Bemused / New Zealand
11/05/2014 22:35
If Israel wants a buffer zone, they should have it on their OWN side of the border.... oh, I forgot, they have never defined their border and continue to ignore the UN-mandated Israel borders accepted by every other country in the world except their rogue-state sponsor, the US.

15 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/05/2014 18:38
To Bemused #14: ' ...oh, I forgot, they have never defined their border ' Au contraire. Israel did define its border. It accepted those laid out by the UN Partition agreement in 1947. It just ignores its commitment.

16 ) Mel / USA
12/05/2014 21:15
#7:Ian B/Aussie:"Where is the Palestinian Ghandi,Mandela...Martin Luther King?" Easy-peasy dude!EVERY PALESTINIAN,both Muslim &Christian,&every local/foreign activist against the Zionist Occupation are ALL 3 combined!All the former believed in the right to resist(whether active or passive).Every grassroots Palestinian from 1940's to today(ongoing)is a Ghandi,Mandela or MLKJnr,in resisting Zionist racism,bigotry&colonial apartheid. Zionism is colonial,it hates resistance&LOVES 'them &us'Hafrada

17 ) Ian B / Australia
13/05/2014 18:54
Palestinian violence and terrorism will never ever succeed.No way.The Tamil Tigers,IRA and now the Uighers in China have all failed.One day after 3 generations (50 years) the Palestinians will realise that peaceful economic development with Israel will bring them victory in the form of a greater Israel-Palestine economic amalgamation.It's pretty obvious to everyone except the Palestinians. It could happen sooner.

18 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/05/2014 19:01
This un's an easy win. One would think the Zionists would be wise enough to just skip the thread.

19 ) ian / australia (1)
17/05/2014 02:16
#7, #17 Hmm, funny name for a Zionist, but have you thought this through, Ian B? Is the "economic amalgamation" which will bring "peaceful prosperity" to "greater Israel-Palestine" which is "obvious to everyone except the Palestinians" a democratic state or a racist oligarchy? Are the 4.5 million Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank enfranchised citizens of ONE economic powerhouse in your Utopia? (Or a subjugated slave class?) If the former, the Jewish State, with its new Arab majority,

20 ) ian / australia (2)
17/05/2014 02:19
(contd.) wouldn't stay "Jewish" for long. So, is the thing holding it back really the Palestinian refusal to "renounce violence, renounce terrorism and accept Israel's existence" like you say in #7? (Which they obviously have.) Or the out and out rejection by Israel of a single bi-national, democratic state? I'd add that Gandhi forced the British to LEAVE India, Mandela forced the white government to dismantle Apartheid and MLK raised the consciousness of America leading to the criminalisation

21 ) ian / australia (3)
17/05/2014 02:20
(contd.) of ALL forms of racial discrimination and the abhorrence of it in the US today. So are they REALLY the heroes you want to invoke? Is their legacy REALLY what you have in mind for Israel? Is it REALLY the historical model you want the Jewish State to follow? (Because, you do realise, it means no more "Jewish State"?) And do you see how little sense you actually make?

22 ) May / Goldman
17/05/2014 18:31
It time Palestinians are allowed to register weapons to defend themselves , Palestinians should arm up to the teeth, we all know about sabra and shatilla stop disarming Palestinians .Zionist settler squatters attack Palestinians daily while protected by soldiers , media , occupation government and the democratic United States .
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