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Farmer shot, injured in central Gaza
Farmer shot, injured in central Gaza
Farmers in the buffer zone are at constant risk of being shot. (MEE/Mohammed Asad)
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Gaza, Al Ray - Israeli soldiers shot and injured a Palestinian farmer along the border fence east of Deir al-Balah, in the middle of the Gaza Strip.

Dr Ashraf al-Qidra, the health ministry spokesman, told Al Ray that a 17-year-old farmer was injured in the shoulder as Israeli artillery opened fire towards the agricultural land.

The injured was taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah and his injury was said to be moderate.

The Israeli occupation army said they only shot after fire was opened towards Israeli forces in the area, AFP reported.

Palestinian resistance operatives in Gaza fired a hand-made rocket on southern Israel after the Israeli shooting, without causing casualties or damage.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Israeli military to immediately stop shooting at Palestinian civilians inside Gaza, in a report of the international organized issued on April 25.

Israeli military forces killed 4 and wounded more than 60 civilians near the perimeter fence with Gaza since the beginning of 2014, according to UN figures.

The buffer zone is between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones.

According to UNOCHA, 17 percent of Gaza's total land area and 35 percent of its agricultural land were within the buffer zone as of 2010, directly affecting the lives and livelihoods of more than 100,000 Gazans.

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