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Medics identify body found east of Gaza City

April 4, 2012 6:49 P.M. (Updated: April 6, 2012 8:40 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Medical authorities on Wednesday identified a man found dead after Israeli forces fired near the Gaza Strip border as a teenager from Gaza City.

Gaza medical official Adham Abu Salmiya said the body found earlier Wednesday was Hisham Misbah Saad, 17, from the city's Shujaiyeh neighborhood.

Medics coordinated with the Red Crescent to remove his body from an area near the eastern cemetery hard for Palestinians to reach. He was transferred to Kamal Odwan hospital in northern Gaza, Abu Salmiya said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that forces on the border late Tuesday fired toward a "suspect crawling toward the security fence" in the northern Gaza Strip.

She said explosive devices were found on the border last week.

The shooting occurred hours after Israel returned the body of Bilal Yousef al-Saayed, who was killed Saturday under similar circumstances, medics said.

Palestinian medics received al-Saayed's body at the Erez crossing. The International Committee of the Red Cross coordinated the transfer of the body.

A forensic examination revealed al-Saayed was shot in the upper part of his body. He had suffered injuries to his face, neck and chest, Abu Salmiya said. The body was returned to al-Saayed's family.

Israeli forces took al-Saayed's remains on Sunday after shooting him after dark Saturday in Gaza near the border with Israel, the military said in a statement.

Soldiers suspected the 20-year-old man of trying to plant explosives, the army said, adding that the body was recovered with an AK-47 rifle.

No factions in Gaza claimed responsibility for the alleged incident.
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