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Israel troops kill Palestinian near Gaza border - medics

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:42 GMT
Author: Reuters
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GAZA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man in the Gaza Strip on Monday, medical officials said.

Israel had no immediate comment on the reported shooting of the man, who the Islamist Hamas-run Health Ministry said was a farmer, in the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya on the frontier with Israel.

Palestinian officials said a gunshot to the head had critically wounded 21-year-old Mustafa Abu Jarad. Doctors in the hospital at Shifa where he was treated said he had died of his injuries.

The Israel-Gaza frontier has been mostly calm since November when eight days of Palestinian rocket fire and Israeli air strikes killed 170 Palestinians and six Israelis.

Since then, four Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli troops along the border, most of them in an area Israel has deemed off-limits for several years, citing the risk of attacks on its soldiers.

Palestinians say the restrictions deny many farmers access to their fields. (Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Tom Pfeiffer)

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