GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Medics said a Palestinian man with a mental disability was injured by Israeli fire near the northern border in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
The unnamed man, from the Ash-Shuj'aiyah neighborhood, sustained a gunshot wound to the leg near the Erez pedestrian crossing. He was taken to the Kamal Adwan Hospital, where his injury was described as moderate.
Israel's military did not return calls seeking comment.
On Thursday, Israeli forces fired live ammunition injuring two Gaza residents near the Strip's northern border a day after injuring a 65-year-old man near the border in the south, medics said.
Several Palestinians have sustained injuries as a result of Israeli fire near the border area. In particular, workers are regularly injured in the Israeli-imposed "no-go" zone, which forces consider a live combat area. Abu Salmiya said 17 workers, collecting gravel for construction use, have been injured by Israeli fire since the summer.
In a recent report, Defence for Children International said that "Due to a severe lack of job opportunities and a shortage of construction material entering Gaza from Israel, hundreds of men and boys scavenge for building gravel amongst the destroyed buildings close to the border fence."
DCI documented 12 incidents in which children were shot by Israeli forces in northern Gaza over the summer. The organization said reports indicated that soldiers also shot and killed the donkeys used by workers, as well as targeting the workers themselves.
In September, three Palestinians were killed near the border area in northern Gaza, including an elderly shepherd and two teenagers.
The Israeli army said shortly after that investigations into the killings have revealed that not all of them were "involved in an act of terror."
Following a Ma'an inquiry, Brig.-Gen. Eyal Eisenberg said in a statement that while the investigations into the incident have not yet concluded, "We understand from a re-creation that we undertook that the three casualties were not involved in act of terror."
IOF soldiers fire at, wound mentally retarded man
|[ 26/10/2010 - 11:01 AM ]|
GAZA, (PIC)-- A mentally retarded Palestinian man was hit with Israeli occupation army bullets near the Beit Hanun (Erez) crossing on Tuesday morning, medical sources reported.
Adham Abu Salmiya, the spokesman for medical services, told the PIC that the man was slightly wounded after the Israeli occupation forces shot at him.
The man was hit in his right thigh, he said, adding that he was hospitalized.
Many Palestinians were wounded as a result of IOF firing at them especially the workers who collect gravel from the northern Gaza Strip devastated areas.