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Israeli forces shoot, injure 2 Palestinians in Gaza

Jan. 3, 2014 7:08 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 6, 2014 3:30 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinians east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday.

The shootings followed protests that broke out after the funeral procession of Adnan Abu Khater, 16, a Palestinian youth who died earlier on Friday after being shot by Israeli soldiers on Thursday.

A 21-year-old man from al-Shati refugee camp was shot in the foot near the eastern cemetery in Jabaliya. He was taken to Kamal Adwan hospital with moderate injuries.

A spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health said that another 26-year-old man was shot in the back by Israeli soldiers in a watchtower in the same area.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that a "violent riot erupted" after "dozens of Palestinians gathered" and were "damaging the fence" by throwing rocks and burning tires.

"During attempts to disperse the riots, soldiers opened fire at the instigators' lower extremities and a hit was confirmed," she added.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed off limits to Palestinians.

The "security buffer zone" extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.

An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement was reached in November 2012 between Palestinian factions and Israel to end over a week of fighting which left over 170 Palestinians dead and more than a thousand injured. Six Israelis were also killed during the fighting.

Since the agreement, Israeli forces have shot dozens of Gazans in border areas, and have launched frequent incursions.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.
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