February 7, 2011 - 1:00am

A Palestinian worker was moderately injured on Monday after being shot by Israeli soldiers near the borders between northern Gaza Strip and Israel, witnesses and medics said.

A Gaza worker in his mid twenties was shot by Israeli soldiers as he was collecting gravels with other workers, Adham Abu Selmeya, spokesman of emergency and ambulance service in the health ministry of the deposed Hamas government, told Xinhua.

The worker was sent to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City for medical treatment, said Abu Selmeya, adding that the worker is in moderate health condition.

Israel has been barring transport of construction materials into the Gaza Strip since Hamas took over the rule of the area in 2007. Local workers usually try to enter the area near borders to collect gravels for construction.


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