Sunday, February 14, 2010

IOF Open Fire at Palestinian Workers; Injure a 17-Year-Old Child and Arrest others in Beit Lahyia


At app. 8am on Wednesday 10 February 2010, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) positioned at the northern separation fence opened fire on Palestinian workers who were 350 meters away from the separation fence removing rubble of destroyed buildings. As a result, Mohammed Mofid Suboh,17, was injured in the chest and the right hand.  These workers collect rubble to sell it to brick factories which recycle it into bricks. This is the only source of bricks for construction that is available in the Gaza Strip, which suffers from an acute shortage in construction materials due the Israeli siege. An Israeli infantry troop penetrated that area and arrested the injured child with  others and took them inside Israel. Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights identified their names as follows: Maher Fazyiz Ghanim and the child Saleh Jabir Abu Lila (21 and 16 respectively).
At app.1:55pm on Sunday 14 February 2010, the IOF handed the injured child, after treating him, to the Palestinian Ministry of Health via Erez crossing. The child was then admitted to Kamal Odwan Hospital to continue his medical treatment. According to medical sources at Kamal Odwan Hospital, his injures are moderate. The IOF did not inform the Palestinian Health Liaison Office about the injured child and Palestinians were surprised by this act.