Gazan Dies of Gunshot Wound Suffered in Weekend Border Protest, Palestinians Say

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Palestinian protesters take cover during clashes with Israeli forces following a demonstration along the border with Israel near Bureij in the central Gaza Strip on August 30, 2019
Palestinian protesters take cover during clashes with Israeli forces along near Bureij in the central Gaza Strip on August 30, 2019Credit: AFP

A 25-year-old Palestinian died of a gunshot suffered during a protest on Friday east of Khan Yunis in Gaza, the health ministry in the Strip reported on Saturday.

Bader Adin Abu Mousa was shot by Israeli security forces in clashes near the Gaza border fence and was evacuated to a nearby hospital in severe condition, the ministry said. He was pronounced dead Saturday morning.

On Friday, the Israeli army said it arrested four Gazans who entered Israeli territory near the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, as 6,000 Palestinians protested in several locations along the border fence.

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According to the statement, the four Palestinians were in possession of a knife and hand grenade. They were transferred for questioning after their arrest. "Rioters threw grenades and explosive charges toward the fence, one of which apparently damaged a military vehicle," said the statement.

Seventy-five people were wounded by Israeli fire in the border demonstrations, 42 of them by live ammunition, according to the health ministry. The statement added that one of the wounded is a medic, and another is a journalist. 

The Israeli army said a soldier was lightly wounded from shrapnel after a grenade or firecracker exploded.

In past weeks, there have been several attempts by armed Gazans, previously associated with Hamas or Islamic Jihad, to cross the border fence and target Israeli soldiers

There have been six incidents of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel in the past two week, followed by Israeli airstrikes on Hamas targets. On Monday, Israel decided to cut oil imports intended for Gaza's power station by a half. The reduced imports will continue until further notice, and will have a significant impact on electricity in the Gaza Strip.

On Tuesday night, three Hamas policemen were killed in two explosions that occurred at police checkpoints in Gaza. It was later revealed that the incidents were suicide attacks initiated by local activists, presumably belonging to a Salafi group. 

In response, Hamas’ internal security organization has embarked on a series of arrests of Salafi activists, whether on suspicion of involvement in these attacks or to deter other activists from additional moves against Israel.

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