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Palestinian driver injured by Egyptian gunfire at Gaza crossing

May 11, 2015 3:34 P.M. (Updated: May 12, 2015 10:08 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian driver was shot by gunfire from Egypt as he was driving a truck into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing on Monday, Gaza officials said.

"A 27-year-old driver who was working at the Kerem Shalom crossing was seriously wounded on Monday morning by shots which were fired from the Egyptian side of the border," health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.

The incident took place as the driver was on his way to the nearby border city of Rafah after leaving the terminal, which is used for transporting commercial goods between Gaza and Israel and is very close to the Egyptian border.

The Hamas-run interior ministry condemned the shooting, demanding that the authorities in Egypt hold "an urgent inquiry".

The source of the fire was not immediately clear, but Egypt has been fighting a dogged insurgency in Sinai that took hold after the army overthrew president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, with militants killing scores of police and soldiers.

There have been past incidents of Egyptian border soldiers opening fire on Palestinians.

In January, Egyptian soldiers shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian from the border.

The Egyptian army accuses Hamas of supporting the anti-regime militants in the northern Sinai, although Hamas strenuously denies the allegations.

AFP contributed to this report.
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