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Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian man in northern Gaza

May 30, 2017 10:48 A.M. (Updated: May 30, 2017 4:43 P.M.)
Israeli soldiers patrol the border with the Gaza Strip. (AFP/Menahem Kahana, File)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man in the northern besieged Gaza Strip on Monday night.

Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers stationed across from the northern border between Gaza and Israel opened fire towards a 25-year-old Palestinian man as he was walking near the beach, injuring him in the leg.

They added that he was taken to the al-Shifa hospital for treatment.

While local sources made no mention of other individuals being present during the shooting incident, a spokesperson for the Israeli army told Ma’an that “several suspects” entered the Israeli-designated buffer zone overnight, adding only that Israeli forces “fired warning shots into the air.”

Gaza fisherman union spokesman Nizar Ayyash confirmed to Ma’an that the injured Palestinian man was not a fisherman, unlike many of the Palestinians who are shot at along the Gaza coast.

According to United Nations data, Israeli forces have injured at least 26 Palestinians in the blockaded coastal enclave since the beginning of the year, while 178 Gazans were injured in total during 2016.

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 approach the buffer zone often come under fire from Israeli military forces, as the authorities have not made clear the precise delimitation of the designated area. The practice has in effect destroyed much of the agricultural and fishing sector of the blockaded coastal enclave.
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