Palestinian Youth Killed as Gaza Protest against Israel Enter 4th Month

A Palestinian taking part in a protest was killed on Friday, Gazan medical officials said.

Muhammad Abu Halima, 22, was shot in his chest by an Israeli sniper, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. It said Israeli shelling wounded eight people in the same location, east of Gaza City, though it was not clear if the two incidents were linked.

Israel’s military denied shelling, saying troops used riot dispersal means including gunfire as they confronted 3,000 Palestinians at five points along the fence separating Israel from Gaza, some rolling burning tires and throwing rocks, and that a number of terrorists approached the border fence with a bomb.

Israel, facing international condemnation over its tactics, accuses Hamas of orchestrating the sometimes violent protests to distract from their governance problems and provide cover for armed cross-border attacks.

Organizers have described the border protests as spontaneous outpourings of frustration.

Source: Palestine Chronicle