Israeli forces opened fire at a Palestinian man who attempted to damage security measures along the Israel-Gaza border fence, the Israel Defense Forces' spokesperson said Thursday. The man was in possession of a knife and a box cutter. According to unofficial reports in the Gaza Strip, the IDF evacuated the man for treatment and interrogation.
Meanwhile, Gaza's Health Ministry reported that a 19-year-old Palestinian who was critically wounded by gunfire in last Friday's protests along the border has succumbed to his wounds. The Health Ministry identified the Palestinian as Shawki Abu Asar. This brings the number of deaths at the protests to 45.
Friday's protests were part of the "March of Return," with more than 10,000 Palestinians participating, the Israeli military said. Hamas has expressed its full support for the marches, saying it is another active step against the continued blockade and occupation of Gaza
During the protests, four Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, including a 15-year old. At least 174 Palestinians were wounded by live fire, the ministry reported.
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The protests will continue even after May 15, the day the Palestinians mark the Nakba (Catastrophe) – the founding of Israel – said Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas political bureau. “The Palestinian people will demonstrate throughout Ramadan to deal with the many challenges facing us, and first of all the peace plan promoted by U.S. President Donald Trump, called the ‘Deal of the Century,’” said Haniyeh.