Gaza: Rafah Opens, Two Shot Collecting Rubble, 11 Injured in Artillery Strikes

23.02.11 – 12:45

Gaza City – PNN – Two Palestinians were injured on Wednesday when Israeli troops opened fire on them as they collected material for concrete near the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Lahiya, while another eleven were injured during a series of Israeli artillery strikes, three of them children. On the same day, Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah Crossing to traffic in and out of Gaza for the second consecutive day.

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Medical sources said that the two rubble collectors were shot in the foot and the hip and were taken straight to Kamal Adwan hospital. Their conditions were described as “moderate.”

With today’s injuries, the count rises to 131 Palestinians who have been shot and injured collecting concrete materials in the Gaza Strip since March 2010. Six have been killed.

In overnight airstrikes by Israeli artillery east of Gaza City, eleven Palestinians were injured. Eyewitnesses said they heard continued shelling throughout the night. The injured were taken to al-Shifa’ hospital in Gaza City: two were described as being in “critical condition” while the other nine were “moderate.” Three of the wounded were children. No names or ages were known at press time.

The artillery strikes occurred in the al-Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, which has been repeatedly targeted in the past by Israeli military operations.

In related regional news, Egyptian authorities kept the Rafah Crossing in the southern Gaza Strip open for a second consecutive day in an effort to ease the Israeli-imposed blockade of the territory. The Palestinians let in and out of the Strip, however, were still limited to students with valid proof of study outside the country, medical cases, and foreign passport holders. Yesterday, when the crossing opened for the first time since January 25, 342 Palestinians crossed.

PNN – Palestine News Network – Gaza: Rafah Opens, Two Shot Collecting Rubble, 11 Injured in Artillery Strikes.

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