Israeli fire kills Palestinian in Gaza: hospital

GAZA Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:07pm EST

1 of 5. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Mansour, 26, who was killed by Israeli soldiers, react outside a hospital morgue in Gaza City February 13, 2014.

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GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian and wounded another on Thursday in the Gaza Strip, local hospital officials said.

Relatives who rushed to a Gaza City hospital said Ibrahim Mansour, 26, was collecting gravel to sell from his donkey cart when he was shot dead. The Israeli military said soldiers fired at Palestinians tampering with Israel's border security fence.

"The soldiers took action in order to distance the Palestinians from the fence. They called on them to stop and fired in the air. When that did not help, they fired at the main instigator," an Israeli military spokesman said.

He said that since the beginning of the year, three explosive devices were detonated against Israeli forces patrolling the fence.

The Islamist Hamas group, which runs the Gaza Strip, and other Palestinian factions have voiced commitment to a ceasefire reached with Israel in 2012, but have cautioned that Israeli "violations" could cause the truce to collapse.

Israel's army said on Twitter that 28 rockets were fired from Gaza in January alone. Israel has mounted air strikes against militants it holds responsible for such attacks.

(Reporting by Nidal Almughrabi and Dan Williams, Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Ralph Boulton)

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Comments (7)
sulaiman-a wrote:
“hey! get away from your side of the apartheid wall I built miles across the land grab border that I drew up. Silly terrorists.”

Feb 13, 2014 11:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:
sure, the only place he could get gravel, was by the Israeli fence….sure, he didn’t stop, because he was deaf in both ears…its a shame that anyone has to die…but, hate and bombs make the vicious cycle repeat and repeat and repeat….

Feb 13, 2014 12:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jtfromla wrote:
The title “…Soldiers kill Palestinian: Hospital” is either at the very least misleading or worst yet a deliberate attempt to give a false impression that these soldiers killed this person in a Hospital. I certainly hope that for the integrity of your reporting the later is not what happened here.

Feb 13, 2014 12:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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