Israeli soldiers inspect an ammunition belt near the border with the Gaza Strip, on November 20, 2012
Israeli soldiers inspect an ammunition belt near the border with the Gaza Strip, on November 20, 2012 © Jack Guez - AFP/File
Israeli soldiers inspect an ammunition belt near the border with the Gaza Strip, on November 20, 2012
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Last updated: January 27, 2014

Palestinian badly wounded by Israeli gunfire in Gaza

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Israeli troops shot and seriously wounded a Palestinian man close to the Gaza side of the border on Monday, emergency services in the Hamas-ruled territory said.

Spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP the 34-year-old was shot east of Deir al-Balah in the centre of the strip, without giving his name.

According to witnesses, soldiers opened fire after a blast which occurred as a military vehicle passed on the Israeli side of the border fence.

The Israeli army said that a roadside charge was set off at the frontier but no troops were wounded.

A spokeswoman said she had no report of a Palestinian being shot.

Israeli forces shot dead a man and wounded another in the Gaza Strip near the border with the Jewish state on Friday.

The army confirmed those shootings, which it said were at leaders of a group of Palestinians who entered "a prohibited area" and ignored warning shots.

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