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Ministry to open investigation into violence against Gaza protest

May 16, 2014 9:05 A.M. (Updated: May 17, 2014 6:21 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Gaza Strip ministry of interior pledged on Thursday to open an investigation into violence used by the security forces against journalists who were covering a rally east of Gaza.

Spokesman for the ministry Iyad al-Bizm said they were distressed by the "unjustified behavior of security forces with demonstrators and journalists."

Al-Bizm added that the incident "will not go unnoticed" and an investigation has been opened to hold all violators of the law accountable.

He explained that security forces "rough handling" of demonstrators was to prevent them from reaching zones of tension with Israel and to preserve their lives, but he added that "other measures could have been taken to achieve that goal without abusing or assaulting demonstrators."

Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land -- between 500 and 1500 meters from the border -- that the Israeli military has deemed off-limits to Palestinians.

Gaza security forces, however, rarely intervene to stop protestors or journalists from approaching the area.
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