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article imageIsraeli tank shelling in Gaza, four injured (updates)

By Anne Sewell     Dec 2, 2012 in World
Gaza - Some media reports suggest an Israeli strike in a residential area, wounding four Palestinians. Others say that it was an industrial accident, but information received suggests an attack by Israel. Now with video update by journalists on the scene.
While a fragile ceasefire exists between Israel and Gaza, conflicting media reports have been suggesting that an Israeli strike hit the residential area of East Deir Al-Balah in Gaza on Saturday at around 22:00 GMT, wounding four people.
Harry Fear, Gaza-based filmmaker and journalist, told RT that four Palestinians had been injured in the incident, two of them critically. One was apparently announced "clinically dead" at Shifa Hospital.
Some local media are quoting this as an Israeli tank shelling attack, others that it is an industrial accident, but so far there has been no reaction from Hamas and no firm confirmation.
Fear tweeted a 65% probability of a tank shelling on Saturday night, and ended with a tweet saying, "4 news agencies (inc. the 2 most respected local ones) + 2 of the most respected Gazan journalists reported the same Israeli attack tonight."
Twitter @harryfear
Fear refers to a Facebook post by Noor Harazeen of the "Update from Gaza" group, which reads, "BREAKING : 4 injuries reported in the latest Israeli Attack, 2 are in Al-Aqssa Hospital and the other 2 were transferred to Shifa Hospital (One of them lost his leg while the Other is Clinically Dead)."
However the post by Yousef al-Helou mentioned in the Twitter feed no longer exists on Facebook.
Following Israel's eight-day Pillar of Defense campaign in Gaza, which killed 169 Palestinians, while Gazan rockets left six Israelis dead, relations have been stressful between Israel and Gaza. It is just over a week since a ceasefire was declared.
The current incident, whether attack or industrial accident, comes shortly after the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state on Thursday
Hopefully more details will be available soon.
Palestinian injured by possible Israeli attack in Gaza on Sunday.
Palestinian injured by possible Israeli attack in Gaza on Sunday.
Noor Harazeen
Harry Fear visited the hospital and spoke to the injured. A relative of one of the injured says that it was an attack, not an accident. One of the injured is in an eye clinic. Another, in intensive care.
Fear tweeted, "Al Jazeera Arabic are also covering this story as an Israeli attack, interviewing the injured man we spoke to."
Noor Harazeen (‏@Noor_Harazeen) tweeted, "Ahmed alLoh: group was 250m from border; explosion occurred as tanks moved closer to border w/ Dir al-Balah. @harryfear."
Noor Harazeen posted an image of one of the injured on Twitpic.
Update 2:
Fear visited the site of the attack, and has tweeted that eyewitness reports suggest an incendiary shell was fired. A witness reported F16s, tanks and jeeps had amassed at the border at the time of the attack.
Locals say that they are the only journalists who have visited the incident scene - local police officer confirms it was shelling, not an accident.
Mohammad, brother of injured Ahmed al-Loh pictured above told Fear, "We are farmers; there is no real ceasefire by Israel."
"Residents report regular harassment after sundown: shooting, explosions; they think, to deter border approachers at night," tweeted Fear.
Update 3:
Noor Harazeen tweeted, "All Injuries have serious Burns in their Bodies', one of Abu Khmash fam in ICU who has 40% body burns and, woke up from his coma this morning."
Update 4:
Latest Twitter feed from Noor Harazeen, journalist in Gaza - video to follow soon.
Twitter @Noor_Harazeen
Update 5:
A video has now been added to the article showing the intimidation received by Fear and Harazeen close to the Israeli border while investigating the incident.
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