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Medics: Gaza resident injured by Israeli fire

Sept. 19, 2010 9:56 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 20, 2010 5:45 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian was injured on Sunday when Israeli forces opened fire while he collected aggregate near the border area in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza, medical sources told Ma'an.

The source said Nader Ghubun, 23, was injured in his right leg during the incident and was transferred to the Kamal Adwan Hospital.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said she would look into the report.

The Israeli imposed buffer zone around Gaza, estimated to annex up to 20 percent of the Strip's arable land, is considered a live combat zone by the Israeli army, which bars Palestinian access to the area.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military is conducting an investigation into the killing of three Gaza shepherds last Sunday in northern Gaza, including a 91-year old, his grandson and a teenager.

Following a Ma'an inquiry, Brig.-Gen. Eyal Eisenberg said in a statement that while the investigations into the incident have not yet concluded "we understand from a re-creation that we undertook that the three casualties were not involved in act of terror."

An Israeli military spokesman said at the time that forces identified a number of suspects attempting to fire an RPG toward an Israeli position in the Beit Hanoun area. He said forces fired on the Palestinians, apparently hitting them. The RPG, the army said, had been left behind "by a terrorist cell."

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