Sunday, March 3, 2013

Israeli forces shoot, injure 3 people in north Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured three people in northern Gaza on Friday, a medical official said.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman of the Gaza health ministry, told Ma'an that three men aged 19-21 were shot by Israeli forces stationed in a military tower on the north eastern border with Gaza.

All three men were shot in their lower legs, he added.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said Palestinians hurled rocks and firebombs over the fence at army patrols in several locations and that militant gunfire damaged an army vehicle.

A military source said soldiers fired live rounds at the attackers.

Since the November ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Israeli forces have shot and killed three people in the Gaza Strip and injured at least 40, amid numerous incursions into border areas of the coastal territory.

Reuters contributed to this report

 Al Mezan

IOF Opens Fire at Palestinian Civilians East of Jabaliya, Three Persons Injured

At approximately 2:00 pm on Friday 1 March 2013, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened heavy sporadic fire at a group of Palestinians who were east of the Islamic Cemetery, Abu Al Hassein, Abu Safiya, and Talet Abu Al Kas areas near the separation fence between Gaza Strip and Israel east of Jabaliya. They were between 50 and 400 meters away from the separation fence when the IOF opened fire at them. As a result, three persons were injured. Al Mezan has identified them as follows:
  • Jihad Naser Hmeed, 18, sustained bullet wound in the legs and was referred to Shifa Hospital;
  • Abdel Rahman Sayyd Abu Jalhoum, 23, sustained bullet wound in the left leg causing a fracture; and
  • Ahmed Abdel Fattah Obied, 20, sustained bullet wound in the right leg.
Medical sources at Kamal Odwan Hospital described their injuries as moderate. According to Al Mezan’s field investigations, the firing lasted for about three hours.