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Gaza paramedics: Man dies from gunfire on border

December 16, 2011
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—Palestinian paramedics say a man has died from heavy machine gun fire on the tense border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

The man was rushed to the Al Aksa hospital in central Gaza, where he died late Friday night. Family members identified the victim as Nafez Nabhein, 35, a Bedouin civilian from the Bureij refugee camp.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers on patrol in the area heard explosions, and a tank responded with gunfire toward "suspicious locations." She said the border is used by Palestinian militants to plant explosives and attack Israel.

The military and a Gaza health official could not confirm if the man was killed by military gunfire.

Last week, Israeli forces carried out airstrikes against suspected militants, retaliating for weeks of rocket fire.

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