Gazan Killed by Israeli Gunfire in Border Protests, Palestinians Report

Health Ministry says 11 Palestinians injured, five by live fire, in what marks the 77th weekly demonstration

Palestinian protesters during clashes with Israeli forces along the border in the central Gaza Strip, August 2, 2019

A Palestinian was killed Friday by Israeli fire during weekly border protests east of the northern Gaza city of Jabalia, the health ministry in the Strip reported.

The 28-year-old was shot east of Jabalia, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. He was identified as Ala'a Neza Aish Hamdan. 

The Gaza Health Ministry said 54 Palestinians were wounded in clashes on Friday, 22 by Israeli gunfire, as thousands of protesters gathered along the border fence with Israel.

Last Friday a 20-year-old Palestinian, Sahar Othman, died after being shot in the chest by IDF fire east of Rafah.

The Israel Defense Forces, speaking to Reuters, said last week 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.

Friday's protest marks the 77th 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.