Two wounded by Israeli army in Gaza

A boy looks up as he walks in the rubble of a destroyed shop in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, on 26 November 2012, following a truce last week between Israel and Hamas that ended eight days of conflict in which 167 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed. (Photo: AFP - Mahmud Hams)

Published Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Two Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire on Monday in Gaza, less than a week after the Jewish state agreed end its bombardment of the coastal enclave after reaching a truce with Hamas.

Two Palestinians in their 20s were shot and suffered from moderate wounds while walking near the border fence in southern Gaza, a health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

The spokesman told AFP that one of the men was hit in the arm and another in the leg.

There have been a growing number of incidents near the border fence in southern Gaza in recent days following the ceasefire agreement which ended Israel’s eight-day assault November 21.

On Friday, Israeli soldiers opened fire on a group of people who approached the border east of Khan Younis, killing one and wounding 19. Another person was injured by gunfire on Sunday.

In response, Hamas deployed police along the border to prevent such incidents from recurring and endangering the truce.

One of the terms of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Gaza Strip includes greater access for Gazans to agricultural land located near the border fence.

Until now, the area had been declared completely off-limits by Israel. According to figures provided by Israeli rights group Gisha, Israel had enforced a no-go zone between 300 metres and 1,500 meters inside the fence, comprising 35 percent of Gaza's arable land.

But following the ceasefire, farmers in the buffer zone had managed to get within 100 meters of the fence to work their lands, Gisha said in a statement issued on Sunday.

In the West Bank, a surge of arrests continued, with 14 Palestinians apprehended by the Israeli army on Monday, the army and locals told Ma’an news agency.

According to the agency, the overnight raids took place near Nablus and Hebron.

Dozens of arrests have been made throughout the West Bank since the cessation of hostilities in Gaza, in a bid to “restore calm” after “recent violent and terrorist activity,” according to an Israeli military statement.

(Al-Akhbar, AFP)

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