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Medics: 1 dead after Israel strikes Gaza

Nov. 5, 2011 8:58 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 7, 2011 1:24 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces fired on the southern Gaza Strip late Saturday, killing one Palestinian man and injuring three others, medical and security officials said.

The shelling attack near Khan Younis in southern Gaza killed a 26-year-old Palestinian man and injured three others, one seriously, medical official Adham Abu Salmiya said.

Islamic Jihad claimed the deceased and two injured as members, Reuters reported.

Israel's military released a statement saying the Israeli air force had "targeted a terrorist squad, who were identified preparing to fire rockets at Israel A direct hit was confirmed."

Earlier, Israeli forces fired on a group of people east of Gaza City, moderately injuring one man. Muhammad Ibrahim Hamad, 23, was injured in the leg, a Ma'an reporter said.

Witnesses said they were surprised by the gunfire, which came as farmers were tending their land near Gaza City's juice factory, towards the Karni crossing into Israel.

An Israeli army spokesman said forces "recognized a group suspects coming near the security fence," before firing in the air to move the group away.

When one person "refused (to move back) they fired at his lower body mass," he said, adding that the area near Gaza's border is frequently used to launch attacks against Israelis.

Rights groups say workers tending land and collecting stones and other construction materials along Israel's buffer zone in north and eastern Gaza have been targeted by Israeli soldiers.

On Friday, Israel's army said a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck open territory in the Hof Ashkelon regional council. There were no reports of injury or damage.
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