Pales­tinian shot on Gaza border suc­cumbs to head wound

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - REGION -

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. –

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