Palestinian shot on Gaza border succumbs to head wound
GAZA CITY / KHAN YOUNES, Palestine: A Palestinian shot in clashes with Israeli forces on the Gaza border succumbed to his wounds Thursday, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.
Ahmed al-Assi, 21, was shot east of Khan Younes on June 8, a ministry statement said.
It said he was wounded in the head and had been in critical condition.
Since major border protests broke out March 30, at least 128 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. No Israelis have been killed.
A Palestinian man whose face was severely damaged by an Israeli tear gas canister that lodged in his mouth during a border protest last week has been allowed to leave Gaza for treatment at a Jerusalem hospital.
At least 128 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire since March 30
Haitham Abu Sabla, 24, spent three days on life support after being wounded during the protest along Gaza’s border with Israel last Friday.
The canister pierced his cheek and got stuck in his mouth. Associated Press photos showed Abu Sabla running, wobbling and falling on the ground with the acrid white smoke spewing from his mouth and nose.
Dr. Hussam al-Majayda, the surgeon who operated on Abu Sabla, says it took 45 minutes to remove the canister. Abu Sabla’s jaw and face suffered multiple fractures, and his teeth were badly damaged.
Palestinians are calling to return to the homes their families fled from in 1948 during the war surrounding the creation of Israel.
Israel has said any such return would mean the end of it as a Jewish state and accuses Gaza’s rulers Hamas of using protesters as human shields. –