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Palestinian injured by Israeli fire in northern Gaza Strip

Nov. 29, 2014 10:05 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 1, 2014 10:51 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was injured late Friday after Israeli forces opened fire near the border with the Gaza Strip east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, medical sources told Ma'an.

Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health Asraf al-Qidra told Ma'an that a Palestinian youth in his twenties was hit in his right foot with live fire after Israeli soldiers shot at Palestinians east of Jabaliya.

Al-Qidra added that the youth was subsequently brought to the Kamal Adwan Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, where his injuries were reported as moderate.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was not familiar with the incident.

The shooting near Jabaliya was the second such attack by Israeli soldiers on Friday, a day after Israeli forces fired a tank shell into the Gaza Strip after claiming that shots had been fired toward an Israeli military vehicle near the border.

Although the shell caused no reported injuries, it marked the most serious escalation on the Gaza border since the end of a massive Israeli assault over summer that left nearly 2,200 Palestinians dead and over 11,000 injured, the vast majority of them civilians.

While Hamas has largely adhered to the terms of the ceasefire and prevented any rocket fire into Israel, Israeli authorities have been slow to carry out their responsibilities according to the ceasefire, particularly in easing the eight-year old siege on the Gaza Strip.

Additionally, Israeli forces have repeatedly violated the ceasefire by firing at Palestinians inside Gaza near the border fence as well as at sea, killing one on land and damaging numerous fishing boats.

Fadil Muhammad Halawah, 32, was shot dead on Sunday while hunting birds east of Jabaliya. He was the first Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip since the signing of a ceasefire agreement in late August.
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