Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenager at Gaza protest

Israeli forces shoot tear gas at Palestinian demonstrators in eastern Gaza on 13 July 2018 (MEE/Mohammad Asad)

Israeli forces killed a teenage boy in Gaza on Friday, as Palestinian demonstrators marked more than 100 days of protests since Great March of Return began.

The Gaza health ministry identified the slain boy as 15-year-old Othman Rami Heles, adding that he had been shot by Israeli snipers east of Gaza City.

The ministry said 68 other demonstrators had been injured as of 7pm local time.

An estimated 30,000 protesters were gathered on Friday evening in five separate locations along the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel.

Heles is the 138th Palestinian to have been killed by Israeli forces since the start of the protest campaign in late March.

The Great March of Return began on 30 March, calling for an end to the 11-year Israeli-led blockade on Gaza and for Palestinian refugees’ right of return to the lands that their families fled during the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.

Israel’s military has responded to the mostly peaceful demonstrations with deadly force.

Protests have persisted in spite of the crackdown.

Source: Middle East Eye

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