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Palestinian shot, injured near Gaza borderline

Jan. 20, 2016 9:13 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 21, 2016 9:15 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian was shot and injured by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday near the borderline with Israel, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said.

The spokesman for the ministry, Ashraf al-Qidra, told Ma’an that a 42-year-old Palestinian man was shot moderately in the foot near the Karni crossing southeast of Gaza City.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information but told Ma’an they were looking into the incident.

Israeli forces frequently open fire on Palestinians inside of or near a military-imposed “buffer zone” on both land and seaside borders of the besieged enclave.

The exact limits of the zone are unclear but enforced with live fire, putting the lives of Palestinian farmers and fishermen who work near the border at risk. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights reported 41 incidents of live fire on the borderlines during December 2015 alone.

Last week a Palestinian was killed and three others were injured by Israeli artillery fire in the northern Gaza Strip after the Israeli army said the four planned to attack forces on the border.

Days later, several explosive devices were located by Israeli military forces on the borderline that had reportedly been planted prior to the deadly Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip during the summer of 2014.
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