November 4, 2010

Israel claims 'no army activity in area', yet Palestinians continually shot in 'buffer zone'


Ma'an - GAZA CITY – Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian civilian in the central Gaza Strip east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp on Tuesday, medical officials said.

An unidentified 35-year-old man was transported to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in the town of Deir Al-Balah, also in the central Strip. Medics said he was lightly injured with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

An Israeli military spokesman said there was no army activity in the area.

Israel's army enforces a "buffer zone," off limits to Palestinians on the Gaza side of the Green Line, between 300 meters and one kilometer from the border. Palestinians are frequently shot when they venture anywhere nearby.

A UN study released in August noted that "Palestinians have been totally or partially prevented from accessing land located up to 1,000-1,500 meters from the Green Line (depending on the specific area)."

Twenty-five Palestinian civilians have been killed in the border area since the end of Israel's three-week offensive on Gaza in January 2009.

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