Palestinian Shot by Israeli Forces During Gaza Protest Dies of Wounds

Meanwhile, Palestinian reports say an Israeli tank shelled an outpost in northern Gaza

A Palestinian demonstrator reacts as others run from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during a protest marking, Israel-Gaza border, the southern Gaza Strip, May 15, 2018.
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A Palestinian man who was shot by Israeli forces near the border fence in the Gaza Strip died of his wounds, Gaza's Health Ministry reported Monday. The man, Nasser Arf al-Arini, 28, was critically wounded two weeks ago in eastern Jabalya, a city in northern Gaza.

Meanwhile Monday, Palestinian reports said an Israeli tank shelled an outpost near Beit Lahia in northern Gaza.

The death of al-Arini raised the number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip since March 30, the start of the demonstrations, to 117. In the past few days, two other Palestinians succumbed to wounds they sustained protesting along the fence: Yasser Habib, 24, and Hussein Abu Awida, 41.

According to Gaza's Health Ministry, 330 Palestinians who were wounded by Israeli army fire during the weekly demonstrations are still in serious condition. During last Friday's border protest, 109 wounded Gazans were evacuated to hospitals. No fatalities nor serious injuries were reported.

On Sunday morning, the Israeli army struck a Hamas target in the southern Gaza Strip with tank fire, killing three Palestinians. The Israeli army said the attack came in response to an explosive charge being placed near the fence, which exploded while being dismantled.

The reports come hours after the Israeli air force attacked Hamas targets near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Saturday night. The IDF said the targets were struck in response to an incident earlier Saturday, in which four Palestinians from Gaza crossed the border fence into Israel and threw a firebomb before fleeing back under Israeli fire.

According to the military, the four Palestinians were in Israel for about a minute and left behind a tent that read "The March of Return. Returning to the land of Palestine.