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Worker shot on Gaza border

Nov. 28, 2010 8:40 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 28, 2010 11:16 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian worker who was collecting stone aggregates Sunday near the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, onlookers said.

Israeli authorities instructed the Palestinian side to close the terminal, which means even urgent cases cannot cross, locals said.

An Israeli military spokesman said soldiers confirmed shooting one person who approached the border. He said forces first fired warning shots. When they refused to turn back, he said, forces fired at their lower bodies.

Many workers from the blockaded enclave try to earn a living by collecting small stones from the ground to sell them to be used for concrete. Many of them work near the Erez crossing.

A Palestinian boy was shot and injured a day earlier after soldiers opened fire on a group of men collecting stone aggregates in the same area along the border. Medics said his injuries were moderate.
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