In the video that was filmed during protests on Sunday, Tahrir Abu-Sabla, is seen with other protesters dozens of meters away from the border fence. Abu-Sabla places a tire on a pile of burning tires next to him, turns around and waves his hands in the air, and then is shot. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, Abu-Sabla was shot in the head and is in critical condition.
Palestinian reports say Abu-Sabala is a resident of the Gazan town of Khan Yunis, and is deaf. He reportedly insisted on taking part in the protests.
Earlier Monday, Fares Arkab, 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 Saturday, a video was published showing an 18-year-old Palestinian shot with his back to Israeli army soldiers while moving away from the border fence. According to the committee organizing the march, the Palestinian in the video is Abed el-Fatah Abed e-Nabi, 18, and was killed as a result of the shooting, which occurred east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza strip.
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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.