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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian teen near Gaza border

July 18, 2015 11:18 A.M. (Updated: July 19, 2015 6:42 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian teenager Friday evening in the town of Abasan al-Kabira east of the Khan Younis district in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses said.

Mansour Abu Taima, 14, was reportedly hit with a live bullet in his left foot near the border line.

The teen was taken to the Gaza European Hospital for treatment where his injury was reported as moderate.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information on the incident.

Last week, there were at least 11 incidents of Israeli forces opening live fire on Palestinians in "access restricted areas" inside the Gaza Strip, according to the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

In what is also referred to as a "buffer zone," Israeli authorities restrict access by Palestinian residents to areas along both the land and sea borders of the Gaza Strip.

The zone is enforced on the pretext of security, however its exact limits have historically fluctuated and have had a detrimental impact on the Palestinian agricultural and fishing sectors.

Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire on Palestinian civilians near the border since a ceasefire agreement signed Aug. 26, 2014 ended a 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.

Part of the agreement intended to pave the way for eased restrictions on access to border areas.

In March alone, there were a total of 38 incidents of shootings and incursions into the Strip as well as arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR).

That was up from 26 incidents through February that left seven Palestinians injured and one dead.

According to PCHR, the buffer zone "is illegal under both Israeli and international law."

The group said: "The precise area designated by Israel as a 'buffer zone' is not clear and this Israeli policy is typically enforced with live fire."
Legal Eagle / Australia
If the Israeli's want a 'buffer zone' they should create it BEHIND their OWN borders, which of course they will never do, never having accepted or respected ANY international-law-designated borders whatsoever.
18/07/2015 11:27
Boil / Romania
Just stay away from Israel's internationally recognised border.
18/07/2015 15:01
Jon / USA
The closest thing Israel has to a real border is the 1948 partition plan. Israel recognizes no borders, refuses to draw a map for a two state solution. Israel needs to not fire into Gaza period.
18/07/2015 16:50
Tibi / Tubas
And, if Palestinians stop attacking Israel, they will have no more wars, death, and destruction, and,
If they give peace to Israel, they will receive peace and prosperity in return !!
18/07/2015 19:07
Outlier / USA
Stay. Away. From. The. Border. Fence. Not rocket science, except - apparently - for Palestinians.
18/07/2015 20:19
@ Legal, Boil, Jon / Reality
Actually, "the closest thing Israel has to borders" is the signed
Oslo Accord, which allocated 40% of the West Bank (Areas A-B),
and the entire Gaza Strip to the PLO, with
1- The rest remaining under full Israel sovereignty, and
2- Without a two state solution map, these are de facto borders !
18/07/2015 22:11
Tobias / USA
Israeli soldiers must shoot at the border, or Israelis will be killed, but
Palestinians can stay away from the border, and they will not get shot.
19/07/2015 00:12
Colin Wright / USA
Boil: 'Just stay away from Israel's internationally recognised border.'

? Are you referring to the 1947 UN Partition line? In any case, as a rule, you're only allowed to shoot people on YOUR side of a border.
19/07/2015 17:56
Colin Wright / USA
Tobias: 'Israeli soldiers must shoot at the border, or Israelis will be killed, but
Palestinians can stay away from the border, and they will not get shot.' Lol. You know perfectly well Israel could never go for long without killing Palestinians.
19/07/2015 17:57
Jordan / Palestine
Israel has no right to shoot at Palestinian civilians on their own land who pose no threat whatsoever. Maybe Palestinians should adopt the same policy with any Israeli civilian who approaches occupied WB territory, including East Jerusalem. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
20/07/2015 05:48
Michael / USA
Abbas renounced violence, recognized Israel, and commited to unprecedented security cooperation -- in return, he didn't get peace but a record rate of illegal colonization of the WB. Total fiction above.
20/07/2015 06:00
John / Denmark
Israeli soldiers aren't shooting at the border, they are illegally shooting well within Gaza at innocent civilians - a crime by any standard. Israelis can stay away from border too - no illegal settlements.
20/07/2015 06:04
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