Thursday, October 7, 2010

IOF Shoots Civilian Collecting Scrap in North Gaza District


At approximately 4:20pm on Thursday 7 October 2010, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) open fire at Palestinian civilians who were collecting scrap and rubble from the destroyed structures near the border fence between Gaza and Israel. They were 450 meters from the border fence near the evacuated settlement Eli Sinai, northwest of Beit Lahyia town in the North Gaza district. As a result, Mahmoud Ziyad Abdel Jawad, 19, who is a resident of Beit Lahyia, was injured in the left thigh. Medical sources at Kamal Odwan Hospital described his injury as moderate.
This incident comes in the context of IOF’s continued attacks near the border fence between Gaza and Israel, which is believed to aim at imposing a no-go zone along the fence. While IOF declared the restricted area to be 300 meters inside the Gaza Strip, incidents of firing at civilians,; especially farmers and scrap collectors, occur as far as a kilometer from the border.