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Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:38PM
An Israeli soldier sits atop a tank near the northern Gaza Strip. (File photo)

An Israeli soldier sits atop a tank near the northern Gaza Strip. (File photo)

At least four Palestinians have been killed and 25 others have been injured by Israeli fire after clashes erupted along the Gaza border. Israeli artillery targeted the Palestinians in the besieged territory on Saturday. Most of the injured are said to be in critical condition. Witnesses say Palestinian resistance groups also fired a rocket at an Israeli jeep that exploded on the edge of the border, critically injuring four Israeli soldiers. Another five Palestinians were also wounded near Khan Yunis in southern GAZA. The Israeli military carries out ground incursions and airstrikes against Gaza on an almost regular basis. Tel Aviv claims the attacks are conducted for defensive purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured. In addition to attacks on the Gaza Strip, Israel denies about 1.7 million people in the besieged Palestinian territory their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and the right to education and the right to decent living, work, and health conditions. Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, which is a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty. PG/HGH
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