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Palestinians at Bab al-Shams outpost, last week Photo: EPA
Palestinians at Bab al-Shams outpost, last week Photo: EPA
 
 

Report: IDF fire injures 2 Palestinians

Palestinian sources report one man moderately wounded in northern Strip, another badly hurt in refugee camp in Bethlehem; army says Palestinians tried to cut Gaza border fence . Meanwhile, Palestinians set up outpost northwest of Jerusalem

Elior Levy
Published: 01.18.13, 19:31 / Israel News

Sources in Gaza reported Friday evening that a Palestinian had been injured by IDF fire near the northern Strip town of Beit Lahiya. According to the Palestinians, the man was evacuated to a local hospital with an injury to his leg and his condition was defined as moderate.

 

The IDF said that dozens of Palestinians had gathered near the border fence in the northern Strip in an off-limits area, while rioting and trying to cut the fence. A military force attempting to drive them away shot and injured one of them.

 

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Palestinians reported that another young man was wounded by IDF fire in Bethlehem. According to sources in the West Bank, the man was shot during clashes in the Aida refugee camp.

 

The sources said the man was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. The IDF has yet to comment on this report.

 

Meanwhile, a week after erecting the Bab al-Shams ("gate of the sun") outpost in the E1 area near Ma'aleh Adumim, Palestinians on Friday set up another outpost in the village of Beit Iksa, northwest of Jerusalem.

 

The Palestinian activists built the outpost on a disputed area, where Israel plans to construct part of the separation fence in the Jerusalem vicinity while the Palestinians claim that the area belongs to the residents of Beit Iksa.

 

On Friday, Palestinians managed to put up a number of tents in the area with the help of the village residents, and decided to call the outpost Bab al-Krama ("gate of honor").

 

The activists also rushed to build a structure which they plan to use as a mosque, which may make it difficult for Israel to destroy the outpost to the damage to its image. The activists declared that they would not let Israel destroy the new outpost as it did to the previous one.

 

Kamal Hababa, head of the Beit Iksa Council, said that the goal of the new outpost was to stop Israel from acting on its plans and taking over the territory.

 

The Fatah movement's secretary in Beit Iksa said the activists would remain in the tents and expand the outpost. Anti-fence activist Said Yakin said the village residents were insisting on defending their lands.

 

Yoav Zitun contributed to this report

 

You can contact Elior Levy, Ynet's Palestinian Affairs Correspondent, at: paldesk@gmail.com  

 

 

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