Violence erupts on Gaza border (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ, HERB KEINON 06/15/12)
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IDF troops exchanged fire with Palestinian gunmen in the Gaza Strip
on Thursday night.
A Palestinian sniper in southern Gaza fired at a tractor traveling on
a road in Kibbutz Nir Oz close to the border fence. The driver of the
tractor was not injured, but the sniper’s fire shattered the
IDF soldiers arrived at the scene, evacuating the man to safety.
according to the IDF Spokesman’s Office, Palestinians operating from
within a school then detonated a bomb near the soldiers close to the
border fence, but failed to wound any of them. The terrorists also
fired a mortar shell at the force, who returned fire but failed to
confirm a hit.
In a separate incident that occurred simultaneously, a fire broke out
adjacent to the security fence in southern Gaza.
While Israeli civilian firefighters were extinguishing the blaze,
terrorists opened fire at soldiers present at the scene.
The soldiers returned tank fire, confirming a hit. Two Palestinians
were moderately wounded, according to Palestinian Ma’an news agency.
Earlier Thursday, a sniper in the southern Gaza Strip fired at a
farmer working in a field near Kibbutz Nir Oz. The man was not hurt,
having hidden himself behind a tractor until IDF soldiers arrived and
evacuated him to safety. IDF soldiers returned fire. The tractor’s
windshield was shattered by the sniper’s shots. A mortar shell fired
from Gaza landed in the Eshkol Regional Council area, but caused no
Meanwhile, 50 international aid groups and United Nations agencies
issued a joint appeal on Thursday calling on Israel to lift its
blockade of the Gaza Strip.
“For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been
under a blockade in violation of international law. More than half of
these people are children. We the undersigned say with one
voice: ‘End the blockade now,’” the petition said.
Among the signatories were Amnesty International, Save the Children,
the World Health Organization, Oxfam, and the Office of the UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights.
Israel has relaxed restrictions over the past two years, but insists
on checking all goods entering the territory to prevent arms or
weapons-making equipment from reaching Hamas.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor asked why the aid groups had
not referred to the reason for the blockade, or any solution to the
problem of rocket fire on Israel from Gaza that precipitated the
If this is not mentioned in the statement, he said, “then the call is
meaningless.” Palmor said any “new ideas to deal with the cause of
the problem would be welcomed if they were put forward in earnest.”
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