Wednesday, June 3, 2009

4 Palestinian farmers 2 of them children injured by IOF fire

IOF opens fire on a group of farmers in northern beit Hanoun

The occupation forces opened fire on a group of farmers who were working in their land, harvesting their crops, which lead to the injury of 4 civilians in the back, hands and legs who were immediately taken to Kamal Udwan Hospital and Beit Hanoun Hospital. The farmers were NOT in the areas the IOF previously stated were "security zones"
The Beit Hanoun Local Initiative group condemns this criminal act of violence against Palestinian farmers, and state that the farmers were harvesting their lands and were at a great distance away from the security zone that the IOF claimed to shoot all of whom enters it.
The Local Initiative urge the international community and civil society associations to take immediate action to stop these crimes against Palestinian farmers.
-Beit Hanoun Local Initiative Group
The Beit Hanoun Local Initiative Group are an ad hoc group of volunteers based in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip. They volunteer to accompany farmers and residents to the buffer zone, and work with children, the development of women;s role in society, and the youth. They document and follow up on IOF violations in the northern area of the Strip.
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Al Mezan

IOF Shells Bedouin Village with Artillery, Injuring Two Children

At around12.15am, on 3 June 2009, the IOF, stationed on the northern borderline, fired four artillery shells that landed in the north of the Bedouin village 'Um An-Nassir'. This attack injured Ahmed Tawfiq Abu Hashish, 17, with shrapnel to his left arm, and Saleh Ahmed Al-Madani, 17, with shrapnel to his neck. The two children were transported to Kamal Odwan hospital to undergo medical treatment. The latter, then, was referred to Shifa hospital as he sustained serious injury. According to Kamal Odwan hospital, the shrapnel were nails, which indicate that the bombs fired were nail bombs.

Al Mezan

IOF Opens Fire at Palestinian Farmers and Sets Fire to Agricultural land in Northern Beit Hanoun

At around 6.35pm, on 3 June 2009, the IOF, stationed on the northern borderline, opened fire at Palestinian farmers in an area located to the north of the Agricultural School in the north of Beit Hanoun town. The shooting injured Saleh Mohammed Az-Zummara, 65, with a bullet to his back, and his brother Ali, 60, with a bullet to his rights hand. Both were reported to have sustained moderate injuries. The farmers were harvesting barley and wheat in the area. Packs of haulm were set on fire as a result of the shooting, but civil defense teams managed to reach the area 30 minutes later and quench the fire.

From PCHR weekly report
Wednesday, 03 June 2009
At approximately 00:00, IOF troops positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel

fired four flechette shells at a Bedouin village in the northern Gaza Strip. The shells landed near
a number of Palestinian civilians who were beside their houses, approximately 1,000 metres from the border. As a result, two children were injured:

1. Saleh Ahmed al-Madani, 17, seriously injured by shrapnel to the neck and the left shoulder; and

2. Ahmed Tawfiq Abu Hashish, 17, injured by shrapnel to the left shoulder and foot.

At approximately 18:10, IOF troops positioned at military observation towers to the north of

Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a number of Palestinian farmers who

were working on agricultural lands belonging to the Zummara family, nearly 1,000 metres from

the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. As a result, two Palestinian farmers were injured:

1. Saleh Mohammed al-Zummara, 66, injured by a gunshot to the left hand; and

2. 'Ali Mohammed al-Zummara, 65, injured by shrapnel in the back.

Additionally, fire broke out in the area, but civil defense crews were able to extinguish it in half an hour.

Army shells open areas in northern Gaza, two residents injured

Wednesday June 03, 2009 06:02 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
A Palestinian medical source at Kamal Adwan hospital reported on Wednesday at dawn that two Palestinians suffered minor injuries after the Israeli army fired artillery shells at open areas in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The source stated that resident Mahmoud Abu Hashish and Saleh Al Madani, both 18, were hospitalized after they were hit by fragments of shells fired by Israeli tanks stationed at the northern border of the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses reported that the army fired several shells at different areas in northern Gaza.

In related news, the Al Aqsa Brigades, the armed wing of Fateh movement, stated that a group of its fighters exchanged fire with under-cover Israeli forces operating near the Nahal Oz crossing, east of Gaza; no injuries were reported.

The brigades said that the clashes are a natural response to the ongoing Israeli violations and the ongoing military offensives in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Israeli army wounds 4 palestinians north of Gaza

Gaza, June 3, 2009 (Ramattan) – Four Palestinians were injured on Wednesday morning as the Israeli army fired artillery shells north of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said.

The sources indicated that Israeli forces fired several artillery shells at the city of Bait Hanoun north of Gaza, wounding four.

Local sources reported that two members of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fateh, and two fighters from the Democratic Front of for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) were wounded in the attack.

Earlier, the Israeli navy opened heavy fire at the Gazan fishermen in the northern coast of Gaza, no injuries were reported.

Four Palestinians wounded in IOF shelling
[ 03/06/2009 - 10:26 AM ]

BEIT LAHIA, (PIC)-- Four Palestinians were wounded at dawn Wednesday when Israeli occupation forces stationed north of the Gaza Strip opened artillery fire at the Bedouin village north of the Strip.

Local sources told PIC reporter that an IOF special force tried to infiltrate into north of Beit Lahia but was repelled by resistance fighters stationed in the area.

The sources added that the force withdrew amidst violent artillery bombardment that inflicted the casualties.

The IOF soldiers in the West Bank rounded up 13 Palestinians on Tuesday including seven from Silwad village, east of Ramallah, and four from Ni'lin village, also in Ramallah district.