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Israel drops leaflets into Gaza warning of no-go zone

April 2, 2012 2:13 P.M. (Updated: April 3, 2012 11:21 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli planes dropped pamphlets in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday morning, warning Palestinians not to enter a no-go zone on its southern border.

The leaflets, signed by Israeli forces general command, include a map of the zone, a Ma'an correspondent said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said the leaflets were dropped in several locations, and "reiterated to the citizens of the Gaza Strip to keep a 300-meter distance," from the border area.

Israeli soldiers "will operate in accordance with the rules of engagement, and will use live fire if they need when the security fence is approached," the leaflet warned, according to the spokeswoman.

It also warned against "cooperation with terror organizations, involvement in violent riots, and approaching the security fence," she said.

The Israeli army said soldiers shot dead a Palestinian they suspected of trying to plant explosives beneath a fence at the border with Gaza late on Saturday.

"It should be noted that during the past week, (Israeli) soldiers uncovered three explosive devices adjacent to the security fence in the Gaza Strip. All three devices were diffused in a controlled manner," an army statement said Sunday.

None of the armed groups in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip claimed responsibility for the alleged incident.

The killing of the unidentified Palestinian on Saturday came a day after troops at the border shot dead one person and injured over 30 others as protesters marked the Land Day anniversary.

Mahmoud Zakot, 20, was shot and killed near the Erez crossing, a medical official said. Thirty-one others were injured in that incident and in Khan Younis, six people were hospitalized.

Medics said the Israeli army used live fire to prevent protesters from approaching the border.
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