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  • Palestinian carry away a wounded protesters at the Gaza Strip during Grea March weekly demonstrations

    Palestinian carry away a wounded protesters at the Gaza Strip during Grea March weekly demonstrations | Photo: Reuters

Published 24 March 2019

The latest Palestinian victim in Gaza was shot in the chest by heavily armed and protected Israeli soldiers.

Another young Palestinian has been murdered by Israeli forces at the Gaza Strip, according to Hamas Health Ministry.

Early Sunday morning 24-year-old Habeeb al-Masri died from wounds he received from an Israel Defense Force (IDF) on Saturday night as hundreds of Palestinians once again took part in the weekly Great March of the Return at the Strip demanding the removal of the blockade on Gaza, the disoccupation of Palestinian lands, and the return of Palestinian refugees.

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Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra from the Gaza Health Ministry told the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) that Masri was shot while protesting near the Gaza perimeter fence, east of Beit Hanoun. The IMEMC reports that well-equipped soldiers target protesters with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and high-velocity gas bombs.

Masri was injured after an IDF soldier shot him with a live round to the chest and was rushed to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia. He was later transferred to the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza city where he perished.

At least two other Palestinians were injured with live fire and several others were treated for tear gas inhalation.

The IDF says the clash began when sirens went off at the Eshkol Regional Council of Settlements and that some protesters flew flammable balloons which apparently did not make it over the fence.

Gaza health authorities said just under 200 people have been killed since Palestinians launched weekly border protests March 30, 2018. They are demanding the right to return to land from which their ancestors fled or were forced to flee during Israel’s founding in 1948.

Earlier this month a U.N. Human Rights Council report confirmed that Israel may be committing war crimes by using live fire against protesters in Gaza and targeting doctors and journalists at the border.

Israeli officials have called the report false and complained of anti-Israel bias by the council that it withdrew from last year citing bias.

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