Palestinian killed in Gaza, Israel denies involvement

GAZA Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:51pm EST

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GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian medical officials accused Israeli soldiers of killing a farmer in the Gaza Strip on Monday, but a military spokeswoman denied any Israeli involvement.

Mustafa Abu Jarad was shot in the head in the town of Beit Lahiya on the border with Israel, said Gaza's health ministry, run by the territory's Islamist Hamas rulers.

The 21-year-old was taken to Shifa hospital but died later, said doctors.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said officials had checked "and apparently the incident is not related to the Israeli army".

A source speaking on condition of anonymity said Israel suspected the man was shot by a fellow Palestinian.

The Israel-Gaza frontier has been mostly calm since November when eight days of Palestinian rocket fire and Israeli air strikes killed 170 Palestinians and six Israelis.

Since then, three Palestinians have been shot dead along the border shot by Israeli troops in an area Israel has deemed off-limits for several years, citing the risk of attacks on its soldiers.

Palestinians say the restrictions stop many farmers getting to their fields.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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diddums wrote:
Lets call it, what it is. Murder

Jan 14, 2013 3:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Stu_E wrote:
Amazing how Reuters totally ignores history in the case of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli solder who was abducted from Israel’s border with Gaza by Hamas terrorists and held in violation of the international rules of war for 1,934 days. I guess his case was not worthy of mentioning in this article.

Also, it was many months of purposeful rocket fire from Gaza aimed at the Israeli civilian population, an fully recognized international war crime that the media chooses to ignore, that lead to the recent Hamas / Israeli skirmish. The fact that more Gazans were killed is totally irrelevant. (More Germans civilians were killed in WWII than British civilians. Should Britain have killed some of their own civilians to even out the statistics, so it would sound more politically correct?!)

Jan 15, 2013 3:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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