Israeli gunfire wounds two in Gaza

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Palestinian men and children warm themselves by a fire next to houses which were destroyed by Israel during its eight-day assault on Gaza in November, on 21 December 2012 in Beit Lahia. (Photo: AFP - Mohammed Abed)

Published Monday, December 24, 2012

Israeli gunfire critically wounded two men in Gaza Sunday night, the health ministry announced, in the latest in a series of attacks on the besieged strip since a truce ended last month's bloody eight-day conflict.

Soldiers attacked the two men east of Deir al-Balah, ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra said.

Such incidents have been common following a November 21 ceasefire between Israel and Hamas brought a halt to Israel’s relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

The assault left 177 Palestinians dead, mostly civilians. Six Israelis – two soldiers and four civilians – were also killed.

A number of Palestinians have been injured, and some killed, in Israeli attacks on Gaza since since the truce ended.

The last attack occurred on Friday when Israeli gunfire injured five Palestinians.

The health ministry has warned of a deepening health crisis in Gaza following the November assault. Qidra told Press TV in remarks published Monday that hospitals in Gaza suffer from severe shortages in medicine and supplies.

Many of those injured from the war had to be transferred to hospitals in Egypt.

Meanwhile on Monday Human Rights Watch published a report claiming that Palestinian fighters had committed war crimes during last month’s conflict by firing hundreds of rockets at civilian targets in Israel.

The rights group last week published a similar report condemning Israel for targeting journalists during the assault.

The New York-based group typically implicates “both sides” in violating war conventions following Israeli assaults on Gaza or Lebanon.

(Al-Akhbar)

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