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Medics: Man injured by Israeli gunfire in Gaza

Nov. 25, 2012 9:08 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2012 11:15 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire at a group of Palestinians in Gaza on Sunday, lightly injuring one man, a Gaza medical official said.

Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an that soldiers opened fire at a group of farmers east of Khan Younis, south Gaza. One man received light head injuries in the incident and was evacuated to the European hospital in Khan Younis, al-Qidra said.

Israeli military sources said that a group of Palestinian rioters had moved along the security fence in southern Gaza. Soldiers fired rubber bullets in the air to distance the rioters from the fence, the sources added.

The incident comes after Anwar Abdul Hadi Qudaih, 20, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Friday near the southern Gaza border, with Hamas' spokesman accusing Israel of breaking Wednesday's ceasefire deal to end eight days of violence.

"We will contact the Egyptian mediator to discuss the incident," Sami Abu Zuhri said at the time.

A relative of the dead man, who was at the scene, told Reuters that Qudaih had been trying to place a Hamas flag on the fence. He added that an Israeli soldier had fired into the air three times before Qdeih was hit in the head by a bullet.

A day earlier, Israeli forces shot and injured Haitham Abu Daqqa, 23, who had approached the fence with a group of people carrying flags and celebrating the end of the conflict as Palestinians rallied for a second day.

The Israeli army described the demonstration as a riot and "in accordance with the rules of engagement, soldiers fired warning shots in the air," an army spokesman told Ma'an.

Wednesday's ceasefire deal ended eight days of fierce fighting that left some 170 Palestinians and six Israelis dead.

According to the terms of the accord, both Israelis and Palestinians agreed to stop their hostilities. However, the brief document left details on access to the tense border zone to be worked out in the days ahead.
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