Palestinian Dies of Gunshot Wound Sustained by Live Israeli Fire in Gaza Border Clashes

Fifty-six Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli forces in demonstrations along border fence on Friday, 38 by live gunfire, and 22 of those wounded were under the age of 17

A Palestinian protester hurls rocks at an Israeli army vehicle during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces across the barbed-wire fence in the southern Gaza Strip on July 19, 2019
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A 23-year-old Palestinian died Saturday after sustaining a critical gunshot wound from live Israeli gunfire during a protest in Gaza near the border on Friday, the health ministry in the Strip said.

According to the statement, Ahmed el Kara was shot in the stomach during a demonstration east of Khan Yunis and was brought to the hospital in critical condition, where doctors eventually announced his death.

Fifty-six Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli forces in demonstrations along the border fence on Friday, 38 of whom by live gunfire, and 22 of those wounded were under the age of 17.

The committee in charge of the protests said that Friday's activity did not breach the rules of conduct set in recent weeks, and maintained what the committee defined as a legitimate popular struggle.

Only several thousands attended the protests, said the committee's statement, but "the Israeli military still responded ruthlessly with rubber-tipped and live rounds."

Last week, 97 Palestinians were wounded during the border demonstrations in altercations with the Israeli army. Forty-nine of those wounded were hit by live fire. Among the wounded are four paramedics and two journalists.