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Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian herdsman and wound three youths


Scenes of mourning returned to the streets of Gaza as Israel intensifies its attacks on the besieged population of the Gaza Strip. Israeli soldiers today opened fire on a Palestinian herdsman as he tended to his goats in the northern area of the Strip. Salama Abu Hashish, a 22 year old Palestinian man, died from gunshot wounds in the back. Another Palestinian teenager was injured and is in a serious condition, while two other Palestinian boys aged 17 and 18 were lightly hurt.

Adham Abu Selmiya, government spokesperson for the Medical Services in Gaza, said that the three young men were shot at while they were collecting gravel for construction use. According to Defence for Children International, between March 26 and December 10 2010, Israeli troops have shot and killed at least 19 Palestinian children as they tried to collect rubble in northern Gaza for reconstruction. Medical sources in Gaza reveal that the recent escalation in Israeli violence this month has led to 13 deaths and has left more than 30 people wounded.


MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad

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