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Israeli forces shoot Palestinian near Gaza border

Jan. 31, 2012 3:23 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 2, 2012 12:24 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian farmer on Tuesday east of Gaza City, medical officials and an Israeli military official said.

Emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the farmer, who was not identified, suffered a gunshot wound while tending his land east of Gaza City.

He was taken from the Shajaiyeh area to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City where he was determined to be moderately injured, Abu Salmiya said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that forces stationed near the border fence shot a Palestinian man who approached the area in the northern Gaza Strip.

The official said forces first fired warning shots and then at the man's lower body when he failed to respond. A direct hit was identified, but she said he left on his own.

She said the border area had been used in the past for planting explosives, "thereby endangering the citizens of Israel and the security forces operating in the area."
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