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Israeli forces 'injure farmer' during clash with Gaza militants
Published Wednesday 21/05/2014 (updated) 21/05/2014 17:03
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian farmer was hit in the head by an Israeli bullet on Wednesday in the southern Gaza Strip, sustaining minor injuries, medics told Ma'an.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a military hospital in Khan Younis after being shot in the Khazaa area.

He was hit as Israeli soldiers retaliated against Palestinian militants who had detonated an explosive device, damaging a military vehicle.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli military vehicles entered Gaza and leveled Palestinian agricultural fields dozens of meters away from the border with Israel in al-Qarara east of Khan Younis.

Militants detonated an explosive device remotely, damaging a vehicle but causing no injuries.

Israeli forces responded by firing mortar shells into open fields without causing any injuries, locals said.

Military helicopters hovered over the area throughout the exchange.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "an explosive devise was activated against IDF soldiers." She confirmed that the explosion damaged a vehicle.

Soldiers responded by opening fire at several "suspicious positions," the spokeswoman said, but was not initially familiar with any "hits."
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1 ) Henrietta / France
21/05/2014 15:41
An IDF force working on the border fence of the Gaza Strip came under Palestinian mortar fire, followed by the detonation of an explosive device early Wednesday. An engineering vehicle was damaged, but no one was hurt. The force returned the fire.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/05/2014 18:41
To Henrietta #1: 'An IDF force working on the border fence of the Gaza Strip came under Palestinian mortar fire...' You obscure the fact that they were outside Israel's borders at the time. You can't invade your neighbor and then profess outrage when he resists. Well, you can't unless you're a Zionist, anyway.

3 ) Abe Bird / Belgium
21/05/2014 21:55
How do you know that IDF entered Gaza soil? May be there was Hamas provocation, as being regularly made since 2005? Why the US can run half the world and make wars against terrorist and civilians and you don't permit Israel to move 5 feet to counter Islamic terror at Israel's soil?

4 ) ABE / USA
21/05/2014 22:01
Hang in there Colin, Just another 100 years until there is a country called Palestine!! HaHAHA
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