Palestinian Killed By Israelis Near Gaza Border Say Officials

Category: Politics / Jan 14, 2013 4:52PM EDT
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man in the Gaza Strip on Monday (January 14), medical officials said. "He arrived to the hospital unconscious after he was shot with a live bullet that broke his head from the back," said doctor Ibraheem Abu Ayash from al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, where the man was treated. Israel had no immediate comment on the reported shooting of a man the Islamist Hamas-run Health Ministry said was a farmer, in the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya, along the frontier with Israel. Palestinian officials said a gunshot to the head had critically wounded 21-year-old Mustafa Abu Jarad. Doctors in the hospital at Shifa said he had died of his injuries. The Israeli-Gaza frontier has largely been calm since Israel and Hamas agreed on Nov. 21 to a ceasefire ending eight days of fighting in which 170 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed. Since the truce, four Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli troops just along the border, most of them in an area Israel has deemed as off-limits for several years, citing the risk of attacks on its soldiers. Palestinians say the restrictions deny many farmers access to their fields. -Reuters