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Palestinians using live fire against Israeli forces at Qalandia
Israeli troops shoot, injure Palestinian in northern Gaza
Published Monday 19/05/2014 (updated) 20/05/2014 12:35
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man in northern Gaza on Monday in the second such incident in 24 hours, locals said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that a 20-year-old man was collecting stones to make concrete outside of Beit Hanoun near the Erez crossing when Israeli forces shot him.

The young man, who was not immediately identified, sustained moderate wounds.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said there were "dozens" of Palestinians gathered in an that area they were "not permitted" to enter near the border.

After calling on them to "distance themselves" and firing "warning shots into the air," soldiers fired at the lower extremities of one of the Palestinians, identifying a hit, the spokeswoman said.

On Sunday, Israeli forces shot a 21-year-old gravel worker in the same area.

Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza's health ministry spokesman, said that the man was taken to Kamal Adwan Hospital in moderate condition.

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, which had been in place 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.

According to a March report by Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, the number of live-fire casualties near the fence has been on the rise since late December.

"The military must also instruct the troops that the use of live fire is absolutely prohibited for the purpose of getting Palestinian civilians who pose no threat to anyone to back away from the areas near the perimeter fence."


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1 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
19/05/2014 17:48
The fourth person in Gaza since Saturday to have been wounded by a bullet for absolutely not good reason. Inimaginable elsewhere ! Why do they do it ?

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
19/05/2014 18:42
To Carol Scheller #1: 'Why do they do it?' Because they're Zionists?

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
19/05/2014 18:51
When these stories stop, will it mean that the shootings stopped, or simply that they ceased to be news? If a tree falls in the forest...

4 ) Arnold / Canada
19/05/2014 19:02
Carol # 1. If you know about previous incidents near the Israeli border then you are a fool for saying " for absolutely not good reason" The reason is the IDF has told the Palestinians over and over again not to approach within the area close to the border. That would be reason enough for me not to approach.

5 ) @ Carol-1 / Reason
19/05/2014 19:10
The Holy land is so full of stones, that this man could collect them almost anywhere, so he came to this dangerous place for another reason, like
planting a bomb, or damaging the Security Fence which is Not a right, but
It Is "Absolutely A Good Reason For Bullets".

6 ) JoeFattal / USA
19/05/2014 23:13
@1) They do it to instigate violence. Now if few rockets are launched from Gaza, Israel will be crying wolf that they been attack and obviously with a reprisal. Israel don't want the Palestinians to be nice to them, than they will have no excuse for any reprisal. They want to win world sympathy by creating violence to justify their occupation. That's been going on for years, and it will still go on for Israel to give the international community a reason their security is been challenge.

7 ) Maisie / UK
20/05/2014 00:08
@1, Carol Scheller: They do it because the West allows it, even gives them the wherewithal to commit these atrocities. It is remarkable that there has not been another intifada which might concern the United States. I too despair over the apparent indifference of the many countries who allow this devastation and enormous cruelty to continue.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/05/2014 06:31
So long as Israel exists, Gaza is the Palestinian future.

9 ) ian / australia
22/05/2014 00:23
#4 "The reason is the IDF has told the Palestinians over and over again not to approach within the area close to the border." That makes sense. I don't know how far a bullet travels but if Gazans keep that far away from the border they will avoid being shot. But tell me, Arnold, in your best legal view, what gives one state the right to dictate to another ("over and over again") where its citizens can go on their sovereign soil? (And if you're thinking some muddled nonsense about "rockets"

10 ) ian / australia
24/05/2014 14:48
(contd.) and "security" justifying hard measures to "secure" the Jewish State, you might wanna ask WHY young militants in Gaza fire them and what EFFECT soldiers taking potshots at fishermen and farmers has on their ATTITUDE to the neighbour from hell they're shackled to and their RESOLVE to keep firing them in the future.)
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