Photographer reportedly hit by IDF fire

Palestinians: Reuters journalist shot in leg after approaching Gaza fence to cover prisoner release.

October 2, 2007 13:11
Photographer reportedly hit by IDF fire

pal prisoner 224.88. (photo credit: AP [file])


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Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported Tuesday afternoon that a Reuters photographer who approached the security fence with family members of released prisoners was shot in his leg by IDF soldiers. The family members of the 29 prisoners freed on Tuesday morning came to greet their loved ones at the Erez Crossing. The photographer was among the group. Troops reportedly opened fire after the Palestinians came too close to the Israeli side of the crossing. The military said it would investigate the incident. 29 security prisoners were freed Tuesday after President Shimon Peres delayed commuting their sentences, waiting until Monday night to sign off on the move. On Monday morning a larger group of 57 Palestinian prisoners, who had already been pardoned Sunday evening, was released.

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