UPDATES WITH THIRD FATALITY, MODIFIES HEADLINE
By Mohamed Majid
GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA) – At least three Palestinians, including a child, were killed on Friday by Israeli army gunfire near the Gaza-Israel buffer zone.
In a statement, Gaza’s Health Ministry said a 14-year-old boy — whose name was not given — had been killed instantly after being shot in the head by Israeli troops east of the town of Jabalia.
Meanwhile, east of Khan Yunis, a young Palestinian man — also not yet identified — sustained a fatal gunshot injury, according to the ministry.
Eight other Palestinians, including three children, were reportedly injured by Israeli army gunfire elsewhere along the buffer zone.
Mohammad Shaqqura, 21, was also martyred after being hit by a bullet in the chest in the central Gaza Strip's Maghazi refugee camp located in the Deir al-Balah Governorate, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
On Friday, Palestinians converged on the border area to take part in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s decades-long occupation.
Since the rallies began on March 30, scores of Palestinians have been martyred — and thousands more injured — by Israeli troops deployed along the other side of the buffer zone.
Protesters demand the “right of return” to their homes and villages in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.
They also demand an end to Israel’s 11-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its more than two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.