15-year-old Gazan Killed by Live Israeli Gunfire in Border Protests, Palestinians Report

Eight more Palestinians reportedly sustained gunshot wounds in clashes east of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip

Palestinian paramedics carry an injured protester during a demonstration near the border between Israel and Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, April 12, 2019.
AFP

A 15-year-old Palestinian was killed Friday after being shot in the stomach by live Israeli gunfire during border protests along the border with Gaza, the health ministry in the Strip said.

Eight more Palestinians reportedly sustained gunshot wounds in clashes east of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip. 

Last week some 10,500 Palestinians gathered along the border east of Gaza City, marching and throwing stones. One Palestinian was seriously injured by live fire and the ministry also reported that 63 demonstrators were wounded, some by live fire.

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This comes two weeks after the one year anniversary of the March of Return and tense negotiations between Israel and Hamas, mediated by Egypt. The organizing committee behind the weeky demonstrations agreed to freeze some of its activities and work to prevent mass gatherings near the border during Friday's march, as Egypt negotiates a long-term calm.

Committee member Talal Abu Zarifa told Haaretz that organizers decided to support the Egyptian mediation efforts for implementing understandings between Israel and Hamas.

"We've made it clear on several occasions that the intensity of the protest will depend on the implementation" of the agreements, which include easing some of the restrictions Israel imposes on Gaza," he said.

Israel expanded the approved fishing zone for Gazans to 15 nautical miles (equivalent to 28.8 kilometers from the shoreline) two weeks ago, the maximum fishing range allowed in the Gaza Strip since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.

Fishermen in Gaza say the 15-mile range is partial, only applying to waters off the southern part of the Strip.