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Witnesses: Journalists trapped under Israeli fire in south Gaza
Published Tuesday 01/05/2012 (updated) 27/05/2012 00:26
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli military vehicles opened fire on a border area in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, trapping journalists at the scene, witnesses said.

Ten military vehicles crossed several hundred meters into Gaza, east of Khan Younis, firing towards houses and farmlands, residents said.

A crew of journalists took cover for over an hour during the fire on Khuzaa, they told Ma'an.

No injuries were reported, but locals said crops in the area were burned.

The Israeli military said in a statement that Palestinian militants opened fire at Israeli soldiers who were "performing routine operational activities" near the border.

Two army vehicles were damaged, the military said.

Soldiers and Israeli aircraft returned fire "towards suspicious locations," the army said.


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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
01/05/2012 16:32
Sounds like another case of Palestinian snipers shooting across the border, prompting an Israeli response. No IDF soldier likes going into Gaza. It's a hostile, nasty place. However, we won't let illegal shooting from Gaza go unanswered. But then again, why was there so little information and facts in this report? Who were the journalists? What were they doing there? Why did the IDF go in? Too many unanswered questions. Send the Ma'an reporter back to fill in the details!

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
01/05/2012 21:28
'The Israeli military said in a statement that Palestinian militants opened fire at Israeli soldiers who were "performing routine operational activities" near the border.' One wonders which side of the border they were on.

3 ) Joe Fattal / USA
02/05/2012 02:44
And Israel is planning to build nine hotels in East Jerusalem to attract tourism.

4 ) Llyn Kidner-Williams / Palestine
02/05/2012 09:47
Mr. Cohen, the IDF have already confirmed that "soldiers" were performing operational duties near the "border." The problem is that no one knows at any given momen when Israel claims its' border is.
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