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Official: Israeli forces kill man, wound another in Gaza
Published Friday 11/01/2013 (updated) 14/01/2013 10:34
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The father (L) of Palestinian Anwar al-Mamlok, who medics said was
shot by the Israeli army on Friday, looks at his body at a hospital
morgue in the northern Gaza Strip January 11, 2013.
(Reuters/Mohammed Salem)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces fired at the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, killing one man and injuring another, medics said.

Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma'an that Anwar Muhammad al-Mamlouk, 22, was killed by Israeli fire east of Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza.

Another man was seriously wounded and taken to the Kamal Udwan hospital by paramedics.

The incident happened near a cemetery by the refugee camp, al-Qidra said.

Al-Mamlouk was in an outdoor area studying for an exam when he was killed, according to his brother Hani, who was not harmed in the incident.

An Israeli military spokesman said that "dozens of Palestinians approached the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip in an area which is forbidden for entry. IDF soldiers at the scene acted in accordance with the rules of engagement."

"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to damage the security fence and to harm the sovereignty of the state of Israel," he added.

Israeli military sources said that some Palestinians had tried to damage the fence and Israeli soldiers identified a direct hit on the legs of one of the people involved.

Israeli troops have shot at Gazans near the border at least 10 times since the end of an eight-day offensive in November. Some 30 people have been wounded in the incidents, Gaza officials say.

Reuters contributed to this report
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1 ) ian / australia
11/01/2013 21:17
"IDF soldiers at the scene acted in accordance with the rules of engagement." The crazy state speaks: it will kill you if you come near it. Not enter it. NEAR it. What's the buffer zone? 500 metres? That's like saying if they SEE you they will shoot you. "The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to damage the security fence and to harm the sovereignty of the state of Israel" Pompous hyperbole. Who would try to "damage the fence" with armed soldiers there? And as they didn't, it remains conjecture

2 ) ian / australia
11/01/2013 21:19
(contd.) about their intentions. And how do you "harm the sovereignty of the state of Israel" by being NEAR it...in your own country? The reality is IDF soldiers SAW some Arabs and shot them.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/01/2013 21:59
Maybe we should put Israel on a diet. Start forcing her to taper off. Say, no more than one murder a week for a while. Then put her on a 'one a month' plan. After all, the shock of cold turkey would probably kill her.

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/01/2013 22:01
To ian #1 '"IDF soldiers at the scene acted in accordance with the rules of engagement." The crazy state speaks: it will kill you if you come near it. Not enter it. NEAR it. What's the buffer zone? 500 metres? That's like saying if they SEE you they will shoot you. "' That last is in fact the case. Israeli soldiers pretty much shoot only those who come within range.

5 ) gabi / australia
12/01/2013 01:22
Why isn't the buffer zone on the Israeli side?

6 ) Peter / uk
12/01/2013 19:23
These IDF and the Israeli Gov are EVIL

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
12/01/2013 23:51
To gabi #5 'Why isn't the buffer zone on the Israeli side?' Because Israel is...different. She's exempt from moral rules.

8 ) ABE / USA
13/01/2013 04:40
Because #5 Hamas won the war!!! lol lol

9 ) USAUSA / USA
13/01/2013 08:57
As Hamas is in a self declared permanent state of war with Israel, I would say this is an inevitable and relatively mild result. The Arabs want the satisfaction of war but not the consequences. What is evil are those who would ignore this.

10 ) Carol Scheller / Sweitzer
13/01/2013 13:33
Ashraf al Qidra, 22 years old, murdered in Gaza for being too near the border, unarmed. Oday Kamil Muhammad Darwish, aged 21, shot dead in the back running away from soldiers who found him trying to sneak into Israel to find work. How can the Israeli army call itself an army of defense ? Who will defend these two young men ? What did they do to die this way ?
How can the soldier who shot them live with what he did, knowing he "got away with it" ? How can the country of Israel abet and approve ?

11 ) ian / australia
14/01/2013 22:11
#10 "How can the soldier who shot them live with what he did, knowing he "got away with it" ?" That's often what "she" did (and "she" got away with) these days Carol. I've wondered that too. A lot of young Israelis begin adult life after military service with the knowledge they've killed someone. The state buoys them up with propagandistic triumphalism saying the killing was necessary and the dead only Arabs who asked for it (by voting Hamas or being near the fence!) But surely it weighs on

12 ) ian / australia
14/01/2013 22:11
(contd.) the thoughful. People with most experience of war (like new US SoD Chuck Hagel) end up hating it most and are the MOST reluctant to impose it on anyone: soldiers, enemies, civilians, families, anyone, as anything other than an absolute LAST resort.
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