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Israeli forces shoot Palestinian farmer in Gaza

Oct. 2, 2013 11:32 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 3, 2013 10:26 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian farmer in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, locals said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces stationed east of Gaza City opened fire at a group of farmers in the area, injuring one person.

Medics said the man was taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "lately there have been several incidents adjacent to the Israel-Gaza security fence. IDF soldiers operate in the area in order to prevent infiltrations endangering the civilians of southern Israel."

Israel's military is currently looking into reports of the incident, she added.

On Monday, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man they said had approached a border fence in the Gaza Strip.

Huwayshel Hawajira, 36, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in northern Gaza.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights, an NGO based in Gaza, condemned an "excessive use of lethal force" by the Israeli army, adding artillery shells had also been heard hitting near where the two men were shot.

On August 11, Israeli troops also shot dead a man on the border with Gaza, with the military saying he had been seen behaving suspiciously in an area close to the border fence.
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