IDF Shoots Gaza Man NearSecurity Fence

A Gaza man who refused to heed warning shots was shot by IDF forces manning the Gaza security fence.

Gabe Kahn.,

Soldiers in Gaza
Soldiers in Gaza
Israel news photo: Flash 90

IDF soldiers on Tuesday shot and injured an Arab man who approached the Gaza security fence from the Shejaya area east of Gaza City.

Gaza emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the man, who he identified as "a farmer," suffered a gunshot wound while tending his land east of Gaza City.

According to Salmiya he was taken from the Shajaiyeh area to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where he was determined to be moderately injured.

An IDF spokeswoman confirmed soldiers stationed near the border fence "shot a Palestinian man who approached the fence" in the northern Gaza Strip.

She added the soldiers first fired warning shots, and then at the man's lower body when he failed to respond. A direct hit was confirmed, but the man left under his own power.

The spokeswoman said the border area had been used in the past for planting explosives, "thereby endangering the citizens of Israel and the security forces operating in the area."

The Shejaya area where the shooting took place was the scene of terrorist activity late last Friday night. At approximately 10:50 PM on Friday terrorists opened fire on an IDF watchtower overlooking the fence.

The ambush prompted an IDF raid which resulted in brief clashes. After the raid terrorists fired a rocket at the Israeli community of Nachal Oz. The rocket landed in an empty field.

The following day a flare fired by an Israeli tank to illuminate the area struck a house. No injuries were reported in the incident.