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  • Palestinians gather after the fatal Friday protests near the Gaza Strip.

    Palestinians gather after the fatal Friday protests near the Gaza Strip. | Photo: EFE

Published 28 December 2018

A 26-year-old Palestinian was killed and at least six others were wounded by Israeli live fire.

A 26-year-old Palestinian was killed and at least six others wounded by Israeli Armed Forces on the 40th Friday of the March of Return protests on Gaza-Israel border, according to the Palestinian health minister.

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Palestinian Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al Qedra identified the victim as 26-year-old Karam Fayyad and reported six others injured by live fire. Dozens more suffered burns and asphyxiation from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers.

Fayyad was shot near the eastern city of Khan Younis and taken to the hospital in a critical state, but later pronounced dead.

According to an Israeli Army spokesperson, at least 5,000 Palestinians protested during the 40th consecutive Friday of the Great March of Return.

During the 39th Great March of Return protest, the death toll reached four, including two teenagers. The Great March for Return began on March 30. Since then, over 255 Palestinians have been killed and over 20,000 injured.

Many survivors have lost limbs after being shot by Israeli soldiers. Human rights organizations have condemned Israel’s “shoot-to-kill-or-maim” policy. 

Gaza has been under Israeli blockade since 2007, putting the region’s population of more than two million Palestinians into a humanitarian crisis due to the lack of medicine, food, clean water, freedom of movement, and other basic civil rights.

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