Israeli forces kill Palestinian protester in Gaza

9 Jun

Palestinians mourn during the funeral of 25-year-old Fadi al-Najjar in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 7 June. (Ashraf Amra APA images)

By Maureen Clare Murphy, Electronic Intifada, 8 June 2017

A Palestinian protester died after he was shot in the stomach by Israeli soldiers in the occupied Gaza Strip late Tuesday night.

Fadi Ibrahim al-Najjar, 25, was fatally injured by live fire during confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers along the boundary with Israel east of the Khan Younis area of southern Gaza.

Seven others were reported to have been shot and moderately wounded.

An Israeli army spokesperson told media that soldiers fired warning shots towards “dozens of Palestinians who attempted to damage the security fence” along the boundary, throwing rocks and rolling burning tires in the direction of the occupation forces.

Additional injuries were reported at protests along the boundary with Israel in northern and central Gaza.

In May, a Palestinian boy was shot in the stomach and critically injured during a protest against Israel’s blockade of Gaza and in support of the mass hunger strike being waged by imprisoned Palestinians at the time.

Israeli soldiers operate under an apparent shoot-to-kill policy in Gaza’s boundary areas. Two Palestinian fishermen have died this year as a result of being fired on by the Israeli navy off the Gaza coast, and in March, a 15-year-old Palestinian was killed when he was shot in the head near Gaza’s boundary with Israel.

Al-Najjar is the 29th Palestinian killed by Israeli forces and armed civilians so far this year. Six Israelis, most of them soldiers, and a British national have been killed by Palestinians during the same time period.

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