Palestinian Shot During U.S. Embassy Protest in Gaza Succumbs to Wounds

Majd Suhail Akil is 142nd Palestinian to be killed in clashes with Israeli forces along Gaza border since protests began at end of March

Palestinian protesters running for cover from tear gas during a protest on the Gaza Strip's border, east of Khan Younis, May 14, 2018.
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A Palestinian man who was shot during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip on the day of the U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem has succumbed to his wounds, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Tuesday.

Majd Suhail Akil, 26, was wounded east of Jabalya during demonstrations called to protest the opening of the embassy on May 14 and to mark Nakba Day, which is usually observed on May 15.

The ministry said Akil is the 142nd Palestinian to be killed in clashes along the Gaza border since the start of the weekly mass demonstrations on March 30 (which Palestinians called the “Marches of Return”). More than 60 Palestinians were killed during the May 14 demonstration alone.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported at the time that some 1,400 Palestinians were also wounded by live fire, while hundreds more suffered injuries from sponge-tipped bullets and tear gas inhalation.