Israeli forces kill one Palestinian, injure five across Gaza Strip

Published Friday, December 20, 2013

A Palestinian man was shot dead and another injured on Friday after Israeli soldiers opened fire in the northern Gaza Strip, Ma’an news agency reported.

Jihad Hamad, 24, was shot dead, and an unidentified man was injured near the Beit Hanoun crossing.

Gaza government spokeswoman Isra Almodallal confirmed the shooting, adding that they had approached the fence but that details of the events were still unclear.

In another incident, two others were shot and injured east of Khan Yunis, spokesman for the Gaza ministry of health Ashraf al-Qidra said. They were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries, he added.

Israeli forces also shot and injured two Palestinian men east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip earlier on Friday.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed off-limits to Palestinians.

The "security buffer zone" extends between 500 and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.

(Ma’an, Al-Akhbar)

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