Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Israeli forces 'injure farmer' during clash with Gaza militants

Published Wednesday 21/05/2014 (updated) 21/05/2014 17:03

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian farmer was hit in the head by an Israeli bullet on Wednesday in the southern Gaza Strip, sustaining minor injuries, medics told Ma'an.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a military hospital in Khan Younis after being shot in the Khazaa area.

He was hit as Israeli soldiers retaliated against Palestinian militants who had detonated an explosive device, damaging a military vehicle.

Witnesses told Ma'an that Israeli military vehicles entered Gaza and leveled Palestinian agricultural fields dozens of meters away from the border with Israel in al-Qarara east of Khan Younis.

Militants detonated an explosive device remotely, damaging a vehicle but causing no injuries.

Israeli forces responded by firing mortar shells into open fields without causing any injuries, locals said.

Military helicopters hovered over the area throughout the exchange.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "an explosive devise was activated against IDF soldiers." She confirmed that the explosion damaged a vehicle.

Soldiers responded by opening fire at several "suspicious positions," the spokeswoman said, but was not initially familiar with any "hits."