4 yr old boy dies from wounds sustained in Gaza protests

12 Dec

4 year old Ahmad Abu Abed, critically injured by Israeli sniper-fire, rushed to hospital by medics last Friday [Photo: Khaled Omar, Xinhua]

Xinhua News, Gaza, 12 December, 2018

A four-year-old Palestinian boy on Tuesday died from the wounds sustained during last Friday’s anti-Israel protests in southern Gaza Strip, medics said.

Ashraf al Qedra, spokesman for the Health Ministry in Gaza, said in a press statement that Ahmad Abu Abed died in a hospital in Gaza.

Abed was critically wounded last Friday by Israeli soldiers’ gunfire during the protests and clashes in eastern Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel.

So far, the death toll of Palestinians killed by Israel since the beginning of the Great March of Return launched on March 30 has reached 240, while 25,000 others were wounded, Qedra said.

Leaders of the march, including the Islamic Hamas movement that controls the coastal Palestinian enclave, have vowed that the protests will last until achieving the goal of ending an Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2007.

Ahmad Abed, 4 years and 8 months old, died on Tuesday from injuries sustained the previous Friday during protests near Khan Younis, southern Gaza.

Palestinian child fatalities due to Israeli fire have spiked in 2018, with more than 50 killed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip – one death per week on average.

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