Palestinian Boy, 14, Dies of Bullet Wounds Sustained in Gaza Border Clashes

Abd a-Rauf Ismail Salehah, shot in the head by Israeli forces, is the third Gazan to be pronounced dead since Friday's protests

Palestinian protesters run through tear gas fumes during clashes with Israeli forces following a demonstration along the border with Israel east of Gaza City on January 11, 2019.
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A 14-year-old Palestinian boy who was shot by Israeli forces during protests along the Gaza-Israel border on Friday has died, Gaza's Health Ministry announced on Monday morning.

Undated photo of Abd a-Rauf Ismail Salehah, 14-year-old Palestinian shot by Israeli forces in Gaza on January 11, 2019.

Abd a-Rauf Ismail Salehah was hit in the head by live fire in clashes east of Jabalya, in the northern Gaza Strip. He was taken to hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead on Monday.

Authorities in Gaza said on Friday that a Palestinian woman was killed by Israeli fire during violent clashes along the border, and over 10 other people were wounded. Some 13,000 people gathered near the fence at several points, where they burned tires, threw stones and tossed explosive devices and grenades toward Israeli troops, the Israeli military said. One soldier was lightly wounded by a stone.

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Palestinian authorities said on Sunday that Anwar Mohammed Qadih, 33, who was severely wounded by Israeli fire east of Khan Yunis last month, succumbed to his wounds.

Israel struck two Hamas targets after Friday's protests, and a projectile was fired at Israel from Gaza on Friday overnight. In response, Israeli aircraft struck subterranean Hamas targets on Saturday night, the military said.

The protests came a day after a delegation of senior Egyptian intelligence officials began holding talks with senior members of Hamas and the rest of the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip with the goal of preventing an escalation of violence both inside the Gaza Strip and along the border fence with Israel.

The delegation met on Friday with the head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, to discuss the growing tensions between Hamas and Fatah and the cancelation of the third cash payment by Qatar to Hamas. On Thursday they met with senior Fatah leader in the Gaza Strip Ahmad Halas and other Fatah officials.