Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Medics: 2 injured in Israeli shelling north of Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Two Palestinians were injured Monday by Israeli shelling west of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, medics said.

Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the injured were transferred to the Kamal Odwan Hospital with moderate injuries.

An Israeli military spokesman said he would look into the report.

Two Palestinians wounded in IOF artillery shelling

[ 13/12/2010 - 05:32 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Two Palestinian citizens were wounded west of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza Strip, on Monday afternoon after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired tank shells at the area, medical sources said.
Adham Abu Salmiya, the media coordinator of the medical services in the Strip, said that the two citizens were hit with shrapnel of those shells, describing their condition as "moderate".
He said in another statement that the bodies of two Palestinians, who were killed in a clash with the IOF troops on Saturday, were finally recovered from central Gaza Strip on Monday.
Abu Salmiya noted that the IOF refused to allow medical crews to evacuate the bodies since Saturday night.


NOTE: Accoding to the PCHR weekly report, the 2 injured Palestinians are fighters. 

At approximately 13:50, IOF positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northwest of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia fired a flechette shell at a number of activists of the 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas), who were in a mission near al-Wahah tourist resort to the northwest of Beit Lahia town. As a result, two activists were wounded by shrapnel. The flechette shell is an illegal anti-personnel weapon that is generally fired from a tank. The shell explodes in the air and releases thousands of metal darts 37.5 mm in length, which disperse in a conical arch three hundred meters long and about ninety meters wide. Since the beginning of the al-Aqsa intifada, IOF has used flechettes against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. A number of Palestinians were killed by such shells.