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Israeli forces injure Palestinian fisherman in north Gaza
Published Saturday 17/05/2014 (updated) 19/05/2014 11:10
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot and injured by Israeli forces while he was fishing on the coast of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, medics said.

Medics in the besieged coastal enclave told Ma'an that the fisherman was in the area of al-Sudaniya in the northern Gaza Strip when he was shot.

They added that he was shot in the leg by Israeli forces stationed at the Gaza Strip's northern border, and that the victim was subsequently transferred to the Shifa Hospital.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that "two Palestinians approached the security fence, and the soldiers operated in order to distance them."

When they refused to comply, she added, the soldiers "opened fired towards the lower extremities of one of them."

She said that the two were about 50 meters from the border at the time of the shooting.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at Palestinians if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed a "security buffer zone," and thus off-limits to Palestinians.

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 ) Reason & / Truth
17/05/2014 20:36
-1- There Are No Fish At The Security Fence, and -2- Israeli forces do NOT "injure Palestinian fisherman", unless they threaten Israel, for example "Palestinians approached the security fence", and thus THE MAN WAS DOING MORE THAN JUST FISHING.

2 ) ian / australia
18/05/2014 03:28
#1 "Israeli forces do NOT "injure Palestinian fisherman", unless they threaten Israel...and thus THE MAN WAS DOING MORE THAN JUST FISHING." That's logical I suppose but there's another explanation: that the "Palestinian fisherman" WAS "JUST FISHING", was NO threat to Israel and that the culture of the army has become so sick and the child-soldiers stationed on the border such callous automatons, they will happily shoot at unarmed Palestinians 50 metres away ("...to distance them")

3 ) ian / australia
18/05/2014 03:28
(contd.) priding themselves on their professionalism and humanity for firing ONLY "towards the lower extremities of one of them". That's possible too, isn't it?

4 ) william / Germany
18/05/2014 08:29
This is a variation on the ''collecting stones near the border fence'', WTF! Stay away from the border, and you do not pose a threat to the zionist entity.

5 ) Randi / USA
18/05/2014 09:42
now this has gone on long enough. a bit of restraint is needed. it's fish they want. life,food and what did Jesus do? how many fish fed how many? respect please? He's watching

6 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
18/05/2014 12:21
They are shooting fisherman on daily basis. Why? Because "Israel" is stealing Gaza's natural gas, and "Israel" likes to protect what they steal. Also, "Israel" want to starve Palestinians, with food they survive.

7 ) @ Randi-5 & Sarah-6 / Truth Conquers Lies
18/05/2014 18:56
5- It's NOT about "fish". 6- Gaza never had any "natural gas to steal", and [a] Israeli forces are NOT "shooting anyone on daily basis", even though [b] Palestinian forces ARE sending "fisherman, workers, aggregate-collectors", etc. to test the security at the border "on daily basis", and [c] Nearly 100% of those being shot are either planting bombs, launching rockets, or pretending to be "fisherman, workers, or pebble-collectors", while testing the Border Security Fence for weaknesses.
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