Two Palestinians killed along Gaza border, in W. Bank

A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli gunfire in northern Gaza Strip, another Palestinian man died of injuries he sustained earlier in the day when an unexploded Israeli ordnance went off in the West Bank's Jordan Valley area

Two Palestinians killed along Gaza border, in W. Bank

World Bulletin/News Desk

A Palestinian man was killed Sunday by Israeli gunfire in northern Gaza Strip, the first such incident since Israel and Palestinian resistance groups reached a cease-fire agreement in the blockaded enclave three months ago.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra identified the man as Fadel Mohammed Halawa, 32, and said he was shot by soldiers east of Jabalya refugee camp.

One of Halawa's relatives said he had been searching for song birds, which nest in trees near the Israeli border and command high prices in Gaza markets.

The incident is the first of its kind since Israeli and Palestinian negotiators signed an August 26 cease-fire deal in Cairo, ending Israel's a seven-week military onslaught on the coastal enclave.

Israel has long designated areas near its frontier with the Gaza Strip as "no-go" zones for Palestinians, citing concerns that militants could plant bombs or carry out surveillance of Israeli patrols.

More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed during the Gaza war, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Israeli puts its death toll at 67 soldiers and six civilians.

Palestinian dies after Israeli ordnance blast in W. Bank

Meanwhile, a Palestinian man died on Sunday of injuries he sustained earlier in the day when an unexploded Israeli ordnance went off in the West Bank's Jordan Valley area, a senior official from Wadi al-Maleh municipality said.

"Ahmed Safawta, 40, died of serious injuries he sustained from the explosion in the northern Jordan Valley's Bardala district," Arif Daraghma, the mayor of the municipality, told The Anadolu Agency.

He added that Safawta, a shepherd by profession, had breathed his last at an Israeli hospital where he had been rushed to following the blast.

Daraghma pointed out that the unexploded ordnance is believed to be linked to a recent military exercise by the Israeli army in the area.

No Israeli official was available for immediate comment on the incident.

The Israeli army routinely stages war games in the Jordan Valley, home to some 10,000 Palestinians.

Palestinians fear that Israel seeks to keep the strategic valley under its control as an economic and security buffer zone for Jewish settlements in the area as part of any future peace deal.

However, the Palestinians insist that the Jordan Valley is a key part of the future state of Palestine.

 

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