Palestinian Shot During Gaza Border Clashes Succumbs to Wounds

Fares Arkab, 29, was shot in the abdomen during clashes on the Israel-Gaza border, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry ■ Islamic Jihad claims he was a member of their military wing

FILE PHOTO: Palestinians in the Gaza Strip evacuate a wounded man from the demonstrations near the border with Israel, March 30, 2018.

A 29-year-old Palestinian, who was shot in the abdomen during clashes between Israeli soldiers and protesters along the Israel-Gaza border last Friday, succumbed to his wounds on Monday, bringing the death toll to 16, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported.

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Contrary to the aforementioned report, DPA reported that Fares Arkab is the 18th Palestinian to die after the protests in the Gaza Strip.

Arkab had been protesting east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Al-Quds Bridgades, a military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization, also announced that Arkab was a member of the Brigades. 

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Around 30,000 Palestinians participated in last Friday's protest march near the border, which saw a number of protesters throw stones and firebombs in the direction of Israeli soldiers. The protests were held at six different points.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has so far reported 16 dead, including Arkab, and over 800 wounded from live Israeli army gunfire, including 154 in the head, 52 in the chest and back and 38 in the abdomen. 

Despite criticism about the number of deaths, the IDF stated yesterday that it would not be changing its policy for opening fire in Gaza. The military forces’ main task is to block the protesters from infiltrating Israeli territory: “That is the price we are prepared to pay to prevent a break in,” a senior source told Haaretz.

Protests continued on the Gaza border on Sunday. One protester was shot in the head and badly wounded near Khan Yunis, two were wounded in northern Gaza, and one was wounded east of the city.