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  • A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence, east of Gaza City Feb. 22, 2019.

    A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence, east of Gaza City Feb. 22, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 22 February 2019

Yousef Saeed Dayeh was shot in the chest by Israeli forces cracking down on thousands of protesters in the weekly "Great March of Return"

Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian teenager Friday and wounded roughly 40 others at a protest of thousands of people on the Gaza Strip border, Gaza health officials said.

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Gaza's health ministry said Yousef Saeed Dayeh, a 15-year-old boy, died after being shot by a live shot in his chest from Israeli gunfire.  An Israeli army spokeswoman said soldiers had used "riot dispersal means" and opened fire "in accordance with standard operating procedures."

Three of the 41 injuries were described as critical. Some of the wounded were moved to hospital and others were treated in the field hospitals.

More than 223 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops and over 23,000 wounded by Israeli forces since border demonstrations began happening on a weekly basis dubbed as The Great March of Return since Mar. 30 of last year. So far, one Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper.

The Great March of Return are demonstrations for the right to return to lands from which Palestinian ancestors fled or were forced to flee in 1948 during Israel's founding in a war known as the Nakba or “The Catastrophe” by Palestinians. Protesters are also calling for an end to the Israeli blockade of Gaza, home to two million people.

The weekly protests reached their peak on May 14, 2018 when over 50 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces as demonstrators commemorated the anniversary of the Palestinian exodus from the Nakba.

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