Gazan Killed by Israeli Gunfire in Border Protest, Palestinians Says

Israeli army says did not use live fire and that protesters hurled explosives, but Gaza Health Ministry says 32 Palestinians sustained wounds from live fire

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw rocks during clashes with Israeli forces following a demonstration along the border with Israel in the southern Gaza strip, September 27, 2019.

The Gaza Health Ministry reported Friday that a 20-year-old Palestinian was killed by IDF fire in clashes on the Gaza border fence, east of Rafah, earlier that day. They identified him as Sahar Othman, who was shot in the chest.

The Israel Defense Forces, speaking to Reuters, said that they were not using live fire but rather "riot control measures," and that the 700 or so Palestinian protestors hurled Molotov cocktails and explosives at soldiers.

The Gaza Health Ministry reported that about 63 Palestinians were wounded during the protest, 32 of them by live fire. Palestinian authorities said four of the injured were volunteer medics who were aiding wounded protestors at the scene.

Friday's protest marks the 76th weekly demonstration on the Gaza border. Earlier this month, a 17-year-old and 14-year-old were killed by IDF fire in clashes. That night, in response, Hamas launched five rockets at Israel. One of them landed in a field next to Sderot, igniting a fire.