Israeli Military Kills Palestinian Attempting to Damage Gaza Border Fence

Man identified as Ataf Mohammed Salah, 32 ■ Earlier, three Palestinians tried to breach the border in northern Gaza

An Israeli army tank is stationed across from a protest on the outskirts of the Sejaya neighborhood, Israel-Gaza border, September 8, 2018.
\ Eliyahu Hershkovitz

The Israeli military said it opened fire at a Palestinian who tried to damage the fence on the Israel-Gaza border on Sunday. The man was evacuated for medical treatment and later succumbed to his wounds, the IDF said.

Gaza's Health Ministry identified the man as Ataf Mohammed Salah, a 32-year old from Jabalya in northern Gaza.

Earlier Sunday, three Palestinians attempted to breach the border in the northern Gaza Strip. The suspects, who were carrying two knives, were arrested and taken in for questioning.

The incidents came a day after a 16-year-old Palestinian, identified as Ahmed Masabah Abu Tuyur, died from wounds he sustained from live Israeli fire at a demonstration on Friday, Gaza's Health Ministry said.

A video published on social media shows Abu Tuyur hurling a rock toward Israeli soldiers from a great distance and waving at them for about ten seconds before he was shot.

Another Palestinian teenager, 17-year-old Bilal Hafaje, was killed by live Israeli fire during Friday's weekly "March for Return" protest. At least another 30 protesters were wounded, the Gaza Health Ministry reported. In addition, 64 Palestinians were injured after inhaling tear gas or suffering from contusions, with 37 requiring hospitalization.

Some 7,000 people attended the demonstrations, which protested U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to cut the entire U.S. aid budget of the UN agency in charge of assisting Palestinian refugees and their descendants.