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Israeli troops kill one, injure three in Gaza border firing
Israeli forces stationed along the east border fence with the Gaza Strip (Safa Images)
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Gaza, ALRAY - A Palestinian citizen was killed in an Israeli firing near the Beir Hanon (Erez) crossing in northern Gaza Strip.

Medical sources identified the killed as O'dah Hamad, 22.

Earlier on Friday, Israeli forces stationed near the border fence east of Jabalia and Khan Younis fired  afternoon towards Palestinian youths, injuring three. 

"Two youths in their twenties were moderately injured in the foot while near the border fence to the east of Jabaliya refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip," sources from Kamal Odwan Hospital in Beit Lahia said. 

While Israeli troops on the Khuza'a border of the southern city of Khan Younis shot and injured another Palestinian youth while near the fence.  He was transferred to a local hospital.

Gaza border areas see frequent firings from the Israeli occupation forces. Farmers are the usual target of the firing incidents.

These three cases add to another five wounded as of early December.

According to Palestinian Center for Human Rights, on 14 December 2013, two farmers and a child were wounded in the strip when Israeli forces stationed east of Khan Younis's Khuza'a village opened fire towards them. 

On the same day, Israeli forces fired a number of artillery shells at open area north of Um al-Nasser Bedouin village, and northwest of al-Nada housing project, no casualties were reported.

On 15 December 2013, a farmer from Ezbet Beit Hanoun  in the northern Gaza Strip was wounded when Israeli forces on the border opened fire at a group of framers who were 500 meters away from the said fence.

On 16 December 2013, another farmer, from Jabalia, was wounded in a similar shooting by Israeli forces along the eastern border of Jabalia. He was among a group of farmers who were about 600 meters away from the fence.

On 17 and 18 December 2013, Israeli forces fired from watchtowers stationed east of Beit Hanoun at a number of farmers, shepherds and bird hunters, who all turned away fearing of being shot.

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