Rockets Launched at Israel After Gaza Factions Vow Revenge for Killing Hamas Member; No Injuries Reported

In West Bank, 10-year-old Palestinian boy was critically wounded during clashes with Israeli soldiers

Rockets are launched from Gaza Strip to Israel, Sunday, May 5, 2019.
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Two rockets were launched Friday at Israel from Gaza after factions in the Strip vowed revenge for the killing of a Hamas member on Thursday. Both rockets, which were launched over an hour apart, fell in open terrain and caused no damage or casualties, the Israel Defense Forces said.

A Hamas official said militants will exact revenge for the killing of 28-year-old Mahmoud al-Adham "despite the apology" from the Israeli army.

The IDF said in a statement that a soldier opened fire toward al-Adham, who was close to the border, due to a “misidentification.”

On Friday, 24 Palestinians were wounded in confrontations with the army during the weekly March of Return protest, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

Palestinian demonstrators during a protest in the village of Kfar Qaddum, West Bank, July 12, 2019.
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Also on Friday, a 10-year-old Palestinian boy was critically wounded during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Palestinian media reported that the boy, Abdul-Rahman Yasser Shtewi, was hit in the head by a rubber bullet fired by Israeli forces during a weekly protest against the West Bank separation barrier. However, the Palestinian Health Ministry later said he was hit by live fire.

The Palestinian Red Crescent took the boy to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where he was immediately operated on.

An Israeli soldier aims his weapon at Palestinian demonstrators in Kfar Qaddum, West Bank, July 12, 2019.
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The army claimed no live fire was used, but confirmed riot control gear was deployed against the protesters, who numbered about 60.

Morad Ashtwei, a resident of Kafr Qaddum, told Haaretz that the protests against restrictions over the residents' freedom of movement happen almost every week for many years.

"The army use rubber bullets and other dangerous means to harm demonstrators," said Ashtwei, who is a promoter of the marches against the separation fence. Speaking of the wounded 10-year-old, he said the boy was following the demonstration just "out of curiosity" and "wasn't harming anyone" when he was shot.