IDF fires on Palestinian approaching Gaza fence

Palestinian medics say soldiers killed unarmed, mentally unfit man; IDF: Officers shot at him after he ignored warning shots in air.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
November 5, 2012 05:28
Gaza Border Fence

Gaza Border 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

 
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An IDF force fired upon a Palestinian approaching the border fence in the central Gaza Strip on Sunday evening.

The IDF Spokesman's Unit said that the soldiers first fired warning shots into the air, and only shot at the man's body after he continued approaching the fence.

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Palestinian medics said the soldiers killed the man, and the soldiers confirmed that they had hit the suspect.

Palestinian medics said he 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 IDF 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 terrorists often firing rockets into southern Israel and the IAF launching aerial raids targeting terror targets.

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