Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in border protests: ministry
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.