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Israeli forces injure Palestinian fisherman in north Gaza

May 17, 2014 7:58 P.M. (Updated: May 19, 2014 11:10 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot and injured by Israeli forces while he was fishing on the coast of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, medics said.

Medics in the besieged coastal enclave told Ma'an that the fisherman was in the area of al-Sudaniya in the northern Gaza Strip when he was shot.

They added that he was shot in the leg by Israeli forces stationed at the Gaza Strip's northern border, and that the victim was subsequently transferred to the Shifa Hospital.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that "two Palestinians approached the security fence, and the soldiers operated in order to distance them."

When they refused to comply, she added, the soldiers "opened fired towards the lower extremities of one of them."

She said that the two were about 50 meters from the border at the time of the shooting.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at Palestinians if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed a "security buffer zone," and thus off-limits to Palestinians.

According to UNOCHA, 17 percent of Gaza's total land area and 35 percent of its agricultural land were within the buffer zone as of 2010, directly affecting the lives and livelihoods of more than 100,000 Gazans.
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