Two Palestinian teenagers killed in ongoing protests in Gaza

Bilal Mustafa Khafaja and Ahmed Masabah Abu Tuyur are the latest to be killed by Israeli live fire along the Gaza-Israeli fence during the 24th week of the ‘Great March of Return’ demonstrations.

Khafaja, 17, was shot in the chest during clashes east of Rafah in southern Gaza on Friday September 7.

Abu Tuyur, 16, died Saturday morning after he succumbed to his injuries which were sustained on Friday, also from live Israeli fire in the same demonstration.

Another 395 wounded according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

According to Israeli news network Haaretz, a video published on social media shows Abu Tuyur throwing a rock at Israeli soldiers from a considerable distance and waving at them for about ten seconds before he was shot.

According the Gaza Health Ministry, 35 children were amongst the 174 Palestinians which received hospital treatment during the protests – 100 of them wounded with live bullets. The rest were treated in makeshift hospitals during the demonstrations.

The ministry also added there were three journalists and three paramedics wounded by Israeli forces during the clashes.

Palestinian News Network (PNN) reported over 7,000 Palestinians attended the demonstrations on Friday, which saw effigies and posters of US President Donald Trump burned as a symbol of Palestinian anger over the US’s recent aid cuts to UNRWA.

The demonstrators also hung dolls representing the US President and said ‘a day will come when Palestinians would bring US President to account and achieve justice’ according to PNN.

High Commission member of the ‘Return March Movement’, Khaled al-Batsh said the Trump administration is responsible for any repercussions in the region because of its recent reckless decisions on the Palestinian issue.

We reject the decisions of the American administration against the Palestinian refugees right to return, al-Batsh said in a statement on PNN.

The Times of Israel has reported that the Israeli army has issued an investigation into the two teenager’s deaths and will be examined by the ‘appropriate authorities.’

In the violent disturbances along the fence, IDF soldiers responded with riot control measures and acted in accordance with open-fire regulations, the Israeli military said in a statement on Saturday.

It is claimed that two people died in the violent disturbances. The events will be reviewed by the relevant command echelons, the statement continued.

Al Jazeera has reported the death toll to-date stands at 168 with 18,000 injured in the ongoing ‘Right of Return’ demonstrations in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Source: Palestine Monitor