Palestinian Youth Reported Killed by IDF Gunfire Near Gaza Border

The Palestinian health ministry says the youth died during clashes on the border; the Israeli military says it is investigating the report.

A relative of Mohammed Abu Saada, a Palestinian killed near the Gaza-Israel border, mourns at a hospital morgue in the central Gaza Strip November 18, 2016.
/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa, Reuters

A Palestinian youth was killed on Friday afternoon by Israel Defense Forces gunfire near the Gaza border, the Palestinian health ministry said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops had fired shots to disperse Palestinians trying to breach the Gaza border fence and authorities were investigating reports that one person had been killed.

The Gaza health officials said Mohammad Abu Seada was killed by Israeli gunfire and that two others were wounded. 

Palestinian youths have been holding protests near the Gaza border fence every Friday over the past year. Some of the protests have escalated into violent clashes, resulting in Palestinian deaths. 

At least 227 Palestinians have been killed in violence in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since October 2015. Israel says 154 of them were assailants. Others died during clashes and protests.

Last month, a 15-year-old Palestinian was killed after being shot by the IDF near Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. According to the military, the boy was killed when an Israeli force opened fire as part of an effort to arrest rock-throwing youths. 

A week prior, a Palestinian youth was killed in clashes with police in Silwan, in East Jerusalem.