Protests have been held every Friday on the Gaza border [Getty]
Date of publication: 3 February, 2019
A Palestinian who was shot by Israeli soldiers during a protest on the Gaza border earlier this week has died from gunshot wounds, the enclave’s health ministry said on Sunday.
Ahmed Abu Jamal, 30, was wounded after being shot in Beit Lahiya in the north of Gaza on 29 January, a health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.
More than 30 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire Friday.
Weekly protests on the Gaza border have seen Israeli troops firing into crowds killing at least 247 Palestinians and severely injuring hundreds.
Protests began in March as residents demanded an end to the Israeli siege on Gaza and the right for Palestinians to return to their homes lost since Israel’s creation in 1948.
At least 247 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since March 30, the majority during border protests but also by tank fire and air strikes.
Two Israeli soldiers have been killed during the same period.
Gaza’s humanitarian situation has steadily worsened with homes and infrastructure – such as schools and hospitals – still not repaired following Israel’s brutal war against Hamas in the land strip in 2014 which left over 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, dead.
Between 15 to 28 January, Israel killed three Palestinians – including a minor – and demolished 20 Palestinian-owned buildings in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to Maan news and the UN.