Palestinian Killed by Israeli Military Fire in Border Protests, Gaza Authorities Say

Four others wounded during weekly protest on Friday, according to Gaza Health Ministry

A Palestinian protester prepares to throw back a tear gas canister during clashes following a demonstration near the border with Israel east of Gaza city on December 28, 2018.
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A 26-year-old Palestinian was killed and four others were wounded by Israeli military fire on Friday during weekly protests in Gaza, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

According to Gaza authorities, Karam Fayyad was shot during a demonstration east of Khan Yunis. He was rushed to hospital in critical state, but was later pronounced dead.

Last week, four Palestinians were killed in protests at the Gaza border, including one who succumbed to his wounds on Saturday. 

Since the Gaza border protests began in March, around 240 Palestinians died in confrontations with the Israeli military, according to Gaza authorities. 

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Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar reported on Monday that Egypt was trying to prevent further escalation of the violence along the Israel-Gaza border.

According to the report, Egypt has been brokering communication between Israel and the Palestinian factions regarding the four Palestinian demonstrators who were killed by Israeli forces in last week's protest along the border.

Egypt has been trying to prevent escalation after the heads of Palestinian factions, in particular Hamas and Islamic Jihad, threatened to take action against Israel. The report noted that Israel sent the Palestinians a message that it is committed to calm in Gaza, and according to a Palestinian source quoted by Al Akhbar, an Egyptian representatives asked the Palestinians not to escalate the violence.

The Joint Operation Room of Palestinian Resistance Factions claimed that the four killed were at a distance of 300 to 600 meters from the fence, and those wounded at 150 to 300 meters from the fence. They said this showed "Israeli snipers’ predetermination to murder Palestinians who do not pose any threat to Israeli forces deployed along the fence," adding that Israel had crossed red lines and that this reflects "the occupation's criminal mentality."

The authorities in Gaza reported that among the four killed by Israeli army fire last week, a 16-year old and a man who suffered from physical and mental disabilities. At least 40 other people were injured.