15-Year-Old Palestinian Shot By Israeli Forces In Stomach Dies From Injuries

According to Gaza officials, Muadh al-Suri, 15, who was shot in the stomach on Friday east of the al-Bureij refugee camp, gave up life on Saturday.

On another incident, Ahmad Yaghi, 25, had been killed during the protests and that of the 220 hurt, 90 suffered wounds as a result of live fire, Gaza’s health ministry had reported.

On Friday, an estimated 10,000 demonstrators were gathered along the “buffer zone” near the fence separating the besieged Gaza Strip from Israel.

The protesters gathered to participate in the Great March of Return, which began on 30 March. The march was organised to put an end to the 11-year Israeli-led blockade on Gaza and for Palestinian refugees’ right of return to the lands that their families fled during the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.

On Friday evening, the health ministry said that at least 220 Palestinians had been wounded by Israeli forces.

According to reports from the Gaza City, the Israeli army was shooting live bullets at the protesters, in addition to ground forces and small drones launching tear gas canisters.

Palestinian protesters commonly burned tires in order to block the view of Israeli snipers, and attempted to cut through the large coils of barbed wire placed by Israeli forces on the Gaza side of the fence, Middle East Eye reported.

“We continue with these marches until we achieve the demands of the Palestinian people and lift the siege of the Gaza Strip,” protester Abdullah Jawdeh told Middle East Eye. “This is the 19th Friday of demonstrations, but we continue to attend with our families.

“Tens of martyrs and thousands of wounded have fallen, but this will not defeat our morale.”

During the beginning of the protests on March, the ministry estimates that at least 156 Palestinians have been killed and another 17,350 have been wounded by Israeli forces. The number of Israeli soldiers who were killed during the same period is two.

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