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      15-Year-Old Gaza Boy Given Medical Treatment in Israel

      15-year-old boy from Gaza taken to hospital in Israel after being injured in the coastal enclave. Israel helps despite rocket attacks.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 3/14/2012, 6:43 AM

      Truck enters Gaza through the Erez Crossing
      Truck enters Gaza through the Erez Crossing
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      A 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital in Israel on Tuesday, after he was injured on Monday morning in the Jabalya area of Gaza, according to a statement by the Coordinator of Government Activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. 

      The boy was taken to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, according to the statement.

      The evacuation took place after contacts between the Coordination and Liaison Administration at Erez Crossing and representatives of the Health Ministry.

      The statement noted that the boy’s injury is related to the death of another 15-year-old boy, who initially claimed that he was wounded by IDF forces. However, this claim was denied by the IDF Spokesperson, who said that the IDF was not operating in the area.

      The evacuation took place despite constant rocket attacks on southern Israel by Gaza terrorists. During four days of hostilities terror groups fired more than 200 rockets at Israeli civilians, while the IAF responded by targeting the cells firing the rockets.

      On Monday night it was reported that Egypt had brokered a ceasefire between Israel and the Gaza-based terror groups. The ceasefire went into effect as of 1:00 a.m. (Israel time) Tuesday morning, but terrorists continued to fire rockets and missiles into Israel throughout the day.

      Despite the terror presence in Gaza, Israel often helps the residents of the coastal enclave. This assistance includes medical care, and more than once Israeli doctors have been able to save the lives of Gazan children.

      Israel allows various goods to enter Gaza and also allows for the exporting of agricultural products, such as strawberries and carnations, from Gaza to Europe, as part of an extensive project financed by the Dutch government.

      Gaza recently began exporting tomatoes to Saudi Arabia. The tomatoes were transferred to Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing on February 8, and a day later were exported abroad via the Allenby Bridge. Several days before that, Gaza exported 31 tons of tomatoes to Jordan.