Sunday, November 15, 2009

Medics: Gaza farmer wounded by Israeli fire

Published today (updated) 15/11/2009 13:15

Gaza – Ma'an – A Palestinian farmer was injured by Israeli fire east of the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, medics said.

According to medical sources at Beit Hanoun Hospital, the farmer sustained several gunshots wounds in both feet while he was tending his land.

Local sources in Beit hanoun identified the farmer as 28-year-old Mahmoud Za’anin.

In a separate incident, a Palestinian bird hunter was injured east of Erez border crossing with Israel.

According to Hussein Hammad, a researcher for the for Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights in Gaza, Israeli forces shot 28-year-old Amjad Hussein and injured him in the back.

Meanwhile the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) claimed responsibility on Sunday for shooting at an Israeli tractor driver near the Sufa border terminal in the southern Gaza Strip.

The group said in a statement, “We will continue to resist and counter occupation by all means.”

In response to initial inquiry about the shooting of the farmer and the PFLP's claims, an Israeli military spokesperson said the incidents were under investigation.

IOF Opens Fire at Palestinian Farmers East of Biet Hanoun; Injure One

At approximately 10:20am on Sunday 15 November 2009, IOF opened fire from Erez Crossing at Palestinian farmers who were in their farms at An-Nazaz neighborhood east of Biet Hanoun town. The farmers were approximately 700 meters from the border fence; well far from the announced 300-meter zone. As a result, Mahmoud Mohammed Al-Zaa’neen, 30, was injured in the legs. According to medical sources at Beit Hanoun Hospital, the injuries are moderate.