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Israeli forces injure young Palestinian, fire at farmers in Gaza

May 18, 2016 9:45 A.M. (Updated: May 18, 2016 5:40 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli troops shot and injured a young Palestinian man on Wednesday morning in eastern Gaza City, Palestinian medical sources told Ma’an.

The head of the emergency unit at Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital, Ayman Sahabani, confirmed that an 18-year-old man arrived at the emergency room suffering from a gunshot wound and was in moderate condition.

Sahabani added that the victim was shot near the Karni border crossing in the eastern suburbs of Gaza City.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an that a Palestinian had been shot by Israeli forces after "attempting to damage the security fence." She said that Israeli troops initially fired "warning shots" to discourage the man before shooting him, adding that the situation was "nothing out of the ordinary."

Israeli forces also opened fire at Palestinian farmers tending their fields near the border area east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Witnesses told Ma’an that farmers came under fire in the Abu Reida area east of the village of Khuzaa. No injuries were reported.

Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone" which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence.

Palestinians who work near the “buffer zone” between the Palestinian enclave and Israel often come under fire from military forces, as the Israeli military has not made clear the precise area of the designated zone.

The Israeli army regularly open fires on Palestinian fisherman and farmers along the border areas, despite a ceasefire agreement that ended the 2014 war.
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