Protests at Gaza Border Leave Two Palestinians Dead

Israel-Gaza barrier seen from the Israeli side

(From UPI)

Israeli forces killed two Palestinians, including a 14-year-old boy, during protests at the Gaza border Friday, the Gaza health ministry said.

Palestinian officials said a sniper shot 14-year-old Yasir Amjad Musa Abu Naja in the head. A 24-year-old man, Mohammed al-Hamayda, was killed east of al-Bureij in central Gaza.

The two were involved in the so-called Great March of Return protest, calling for the return of refugees displaced in 1948 from Israel. About 2,000 Palestinians gathered for the protests near the border fence. . . .

The protests “are intended to register our rejection of the [Israeli] occupation and its criminal policies, along with U.S. attempts to impose solutions that undermine the rights of our people,” said a statement from Gaza’s National Authority for Breaking the Siege.

The Gaza healthy ministry said more than 130 Palestinians have died from Israeli gunfire.

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