Friday, November 23, 2012

Hamas polices Gaza border after IDF fire kills man by fence

IDF says group of Palestinians tried to breach border fence prompting warning shots in air, and then at legs; Hamas security officials come closer to border fence than ever before, escort Gazans away from "no-go" zone.

IDF vehicle patrols along Gaza border fence [file]  
Jerusalem Post - Hamas Islamists enforced a fragile two-day-old truce on Friday by evacuating Palestinians from a "no-go" border zone after IDF gunfire across the Gaza border killed one Palestinian and wounded several others.

The rare move by the group in control of the Gaza Strip followed intervention by Egyptian mediators who urged both sides to take steps to preserve the truce that ended eight days of fierce Israeli-Palestinian fighting on Wednesday.

The IDF stated that a group of about 300 Palestinians approached the border fence in the southern Gaza Strip and held a violent disturbance along the border.

A number of the Palestinians attempted to break through the border fence into Israel. IDF soldiers initially fired shots into the air, but when warnings were not heeded, shots were directed at the suspects' legs, according to the IDF.