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Hospital staff: Israeli troops kill man in Gaza Strip

Dec. 17, 2011 2:53 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 18, 2011 4:19 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops killed a Palestinian and wounded two in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday, hospital officials said.

Palestinian medical officials said 35-year-old Majid Nabaheen was seriously injured east of Al-Bureij refugee camp and died in Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah.

Locals described Nabaheen as standing near his home in the camp when Israeli forces opened fire with heavy machine guns. Several artillery shells also landed in the area, they said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops along the Israeli side of the border heard an explosion and responded with fire toward "areas suspected as points where terrorists operate."

Earlier, Israeli naval ships opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat off the Gaza coast, injuring a 45-year-old fisherman, medical official Adham Abu Salmiya said.

The man was taken to Shifa hospital in Gaza City with moderate injuries to his legs.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said the fishing boat "deviated from the designated fishing area and the navy called on it to stop, but when it did not respond they fired warning shots at the boat engine."

In a separate incident the same day, artillery fire struck near the eastern cemetery in the Shujaiya neighborhood, onlookers said. There were no reports of injury or damage.

Saturday's border firing was the first deadly incident in the Gaza Strip for over a week.

On Dec. 7 an Islamic Jihad fighter was killed in an Israeli bombing raid in the Gaza Strip, sparking a volley of rockets fired into Israel and three days of deadly airstrikes which killed five people, including a 12-year-old boy.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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