Int'l activist, 5 Palestinians wounded in Gaza rally

10:46, April 25, 2010      

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At least six people, including an international peace activist, were injured Saturday by Israeli gunfire during a demonstration in central Gaza Strip, witnesses and medical sources said.

The witnesses said that the Israeli forces, stationed on the eastern border of Al-Burij refugee camp, shot at the demonstrators who staged weekly peaceful rallies to protest the allocation of a 300-meter-wide buffer zone along Gaza's northern and eastern border with Israel.

Bianca Zammit, a Maltese member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), was wounded by a gunshot in her right leg along with a young Palestinian woman and a youth and three other demonstrators, medical sources at Al-Aqsa hospital said.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that one of the injuries was in serious condition while the five others were moderate.

The demonstrators got close to the electric fence between Gaza and Israel and the international campaigner tried to plant Palestinian flags a few meters away from the fence before they were shot at, the witnesses said.

The weekly rallies against the buffer zone have started this year and leftist factions support them in a bid to promote the culture of non-violent resistance.

Though Gaza's Islamist rulers, Hamas, do not maintain a ceasefire with Israel, they do not officially support the protests.

Source: Xinhua


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