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Palestinian injured near Gaza border, as Israeli forces dismantle explosive devices

March 7, 2017 2:48 P.M. (Updated: March 7, 2017 6:16 P.M.)
An explosive device on the Gaza border on March 7, 2017. (Photo: Israeli army)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was injured by an Israeli artillery shell on Tuesday morning, as Israeli forces deployed heavily near the northern Gaza Strip in order to dismantle an explosive device along the border, according to official Palestinian and Israeli sources.

Gaza Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an that a 22-year-old Palestinian was treated at the Indonesian Hospital for wounds he sustained from the shrapnel of an Israeli artillery shell.

Al-Qidra added that the man was injured at the same time that Israeli bulldozers were deployed near Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip under heavy military protection, seemingly razing lands in the area.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces were deployed at the border near northern Gaza in order to dismantle an explosive device, but that they were unaware of any injuries resulting from the incident. The spokesperson said they were looking into any relation between the two incidents.

Meanwhile, the Times of Israel quoted the Islamic Jihad movement as saying that one of its fighters was lightly injured by an Israeli tank attack at an “observation post” close to where the explosive devices were being dismantled.

According to the Times of Israel, the Israeli military claimed that the devices were “planted in order to attack Israeli army forces operating on the border,” adding that despite being on the Palestinian side of the border, the devices were located in an area where Palestinians are prevented from accessing.
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