15-year-old Palestinian Killed by Israeli Fire in Border Protests, Gaza Authorities Say

Gazans came out to demonstrate in 48th Friday protest in a row

Palestinian demonstrators take cover as others hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence, east of Gaza City February 22, 2019.
REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

A 15-year-old Palestinian boy was shot in the chest and killed by Israeli live fire on Friday in protests at the border separating the Gaza Strip from Israel, the Gaza Health Ministry said. Twenty-three others were wounded by live fire, the ministry said. 

The ministry had earlier reported a 12-year-old had been killed, before correcting its announcement to say he had been critically wounded, and then finally declaring that the boy, Youssef Said Hussein al-Dayeh, was 15 and had died of his wounds.  

Friday's demonstration was the 48th in a row since the weekly protests began in March. 

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Earlier Friday, hundreds of Palestinians broke into Bab al-Rahma on Friday, a large structure at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City that has been at the center of reignited tensions in recent days.

The police arrested 60 East Jerusalem residents in their homes on Thursday night on suspicions of incitement and rioting ahead of the Friday prayers at the Temple Mount. 

On Tuesday, the military attacked a Hamas outpost Wednesday in response to the first airborne firebomb fired from the Gaza Strip since November. 

In recent weeks, several thousands of Palestinians participated in the Gaza fence protests and a few dozen have been wounded every week.

According to data in a United Nations report released last month and confirmed by Israeli security officials, 295 Palestinians were killed and about 6,000 wounded by live ammunition since the demonstrations' inception.

Last week, the Gaza Health Ministry reported that 20 Palestinians were wounded by live fire in the protests, while Israel Police said a Border Police officer was lightly wounded in the leg from shrapnel after an explosive device was thrown at him.

The week before that,  two teenagers, aged 14 and 18, were killed and seven other Palestinians wounded by live fire during protests at the fence, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. The 14-year-old was named as Hassan Shalabi, the son of a niece of Ismail Haniyeh, the political chief of Hamas

Earlier that week, the Health Ministry said that Ahmed Abu Jabal, 30, succumbed to bullet wounds sustained on the Gaza border the previous week.