Israel kills Palestinian man near Gaza border: medics

GAZA Sun Nov 4, 2012 6:46pm EST

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pauses during the delivery of joint statements with Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev (not pictured) before their meeting in Jerusalem October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pauses during the delivery of joint statements with Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev (not pictured) before their meeting in Jerusalem October 23, 2012.

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GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers have shot and killed a Palestinian man who approached a fence near the border with Israel, medics said on Monday.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the shooting took place after darkness fell on Sunday, saying troops opened warning shots when a man walking west of the border in a riverbed failed to heed orders to leave the buffer area Israel maintains to try and prevent cross-border attacks.

Palestinian medics said the victim was an unarmed, mentally unfit man and that they had to wait a couple of hours for permission to pick him up, early on Monday. They suspected he died of injuries for which he might have been treated.

The Israeli spokeswoman could not confirm that information or say whether or not the victim was armed, saying more details about the case may become clearer later on Monday.

The shooting took place during a period of increased tensions at the Israel-Gaza frontier, with militants often firing rockets at Israel and Israel launching aerial raids targeting Palestinian gunmen.

The Gaza Strip, a coastal territory crowded with more than 1.5 million people, many of them refugees, is controlled by Hamas Islamists who reject Israel's existence.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Stephen Powell)

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VincentVery wrote:
“Peace can be advanced only around the negotiating table, and not through unilateral resolutions at the U.N. General Assembly, which will only put peace further away and bring about instability,” Netanyahu said.

Yes, of course. The way to achieve peace is by calling for negotiations around the table while you are still pillaging, stealing, enslaving, buldozing homes, using white phosphorus against civilian population and the rest of it. How can anybody negotiate with this scoundrel. What an accomplished twin faced liar this man is.

Nov 04, 2012 4:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Why should Abbas not return to his home in Safed? In April 1948, LEHI and Irgun miltias carried out a massacre of Arab inhabitants at Yeir Dessin as hundreds of Arab villages were over-run and homes taken over by European refugees from Nazi Germany.

The geo-political expediency of Truman and others took an Arab land by force that had no connection with Europe, but the inhabitants were made victims.

Now Netanyahu has the chutzpah to deny Abbas his birthright. It is an unacceptable position and the democratic nations of the world should stand up and make their voices heard. Injustice and contempt for international law should never be rewarded, for that leads to an even worse dictatorship.

Nov 04, 2012 4:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mirab wrote:
The Right of Return is a God Given right of every one who has been forced off their homeland and Mr. Abbas has NO authority to wager the right of the Palestinians people.

Nov 04, 2012 6:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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