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Medics: Israeli fire kills Gaza man

Dec. 12, 2009 10:20 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 14, 2009 9:26 A.M.)
Gaza – Ma'an – Israeli shelling killed a Palestinian civilian in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday, a medical official said.

The victim was identified as Sami Shihadah Abu Khousah, 47.

Muawiyah Hassanein, de facto Health Ministry director of ambulance and emergency services, told Ma'an that Khousah suffered blood loss after he was struck by Israeli artillery east of Al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.

Khousah was transferred from Shuhada Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir Al-Balah to Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where he died, Hassanein said.

Palestinian eyewitnesses reported clashes in the area where Khousah was injured. They said Palestinian fighters exchanged fire with the Israeli military, which fired artillery shells.

Israel's army confirmed involvement. A military spokeswoman told Ma'an that Palestinians first opened fire near the border with Israel, and that Israeli forces returned fire toward its source.

The official said she was unaware of any casualties on the Palestinian side. No Israeli soldiers were injured during the clashes, she added.

Meanwhile, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) claimed responsibility for firing a rocket-propelled grenade at Israeli forces operating in northern Gaza.

An Israeli military official said she was not familiar with that incident.
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