Thursday, June 9, 2011

PCHR weekly report 2/6 - 8/6/2011: 1 protester wounded

extracts from PCHR weekly report 2/6 - 8/6/2011:

A Palestinian civilian was wounded in the Gaza Strip

Tuesday, 07 June 2011

At approximately 11:25, IOF positioned on observation towers at the border near Beit Hanoun "Erez" crossing, north of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, opened intensive fire at nearly 30 demonstrators, including 7 international solidarity activists, who were near the "landfill", northern the Agricultural School of al-Azhar University in the north of Beit Hanoun. The demonstrators were nearly 300 meters from the border fence. Mohammed Usama Uthman Ahmed (al-Kafarneh), 19, an activist of the Local Initiative from al-Fertah area in Beit Hanoun, sustained shrapnel wounds to the neck, the chest and the right foot. Ahmed was transferred to Beit Hanoun Public Hospital for treatment and his wounds were described to be between light and moderate. Saber al-Zaanin, coordinator for the Local Initiative in Beit Hanoun and supervision over demonstrations organized near the border against the imposition of a buffer zone by IOF to seize Palestinian property, reported that at approximately 10:50 on Tuesday, 07 June 2011, the demonstration started near the Agricultural School in Beit Hanoun and walked to the north to the border. As the demonstrators became nearly 300 meters from the border fence at approximately 11:25, the Israeli occupation soldiers sporadically opened fire into the air to cause fear to demonstrators and they then opened intensive fire near the demonstrators. Ahmed was wounded as a result and the demonstrators were in panic. The demonstrators fled the area especially as the Israeli occupation soldiers started firing directly at them. The Israeli occupation soldiers continue to fire for approximately 10 minutes and the demonstrators then managed to transfer Ahmed to Beit Hanoun Governmental Hospital.