Pales­tinian killed by Is­raeli fire in bor­der protests: min­istry

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - REGION -

GAZA CITY, Pales­tine: A Pales­tinian was killed by Is­raeli fire dur­ing protests along the Gaza bor­der Thurs­day, the Health Min­istry in the coastal en­clave said.

The spokesper­son for the min­istry said the man, whom he did not name, was shot by Is­raeli forces dur­ing low-level clashes east of Deir al-Balah in cen­tral Gaza.

The Is­raeli army said it was look­ing into the in­ci­dent.

Ear­lier Thurs­day, the min­istry an­nounced that a Pales­tinian shot last month dur­ing protests on the bor­der suc­cumbed to his wounds.

Ah­mad al-Na­jar, 21, was shot by Is­raeli fire east of Khan Younes and was later trans­ferred to the oc­cu­pied West Bank for treat­ment.

He died Wed­nes­day, the min­istry’s spokesper­son added.

At least 220 Pales­tini­ans have been killed by Is­raeli fire since ma­jor protests backed by Ha­mas be­gan in March.

The ma­jor­ity have been shot dur­ing protests, but oth­ers have died due to tank fire or airstrikes.

One Is­raeli sol­dier was killed by a Pales­tinian sniper.

The of­ten vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions are usu­ally largest Fri­days, but last week’s was the calmest in months amid talk of a truce deal be­tween Ha­mas and Is­rael.

Such a deal would see the protests end in ex­change for an eas­ing of Is­rael’s block­ade of the coastal en­clave. –

Pales­tini­ans ride a truck on their way to a protest call­ing for lift­ing the Is­raeli block­ade on Gaza, near the beach­front bor­der with Is­rael, in the north­ern Gaza Strip.

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