Gaza (May 12, 2018): A Palestinian was martyred in firing by Israeli soldiers on Friday during a seventh week of protests on the Gaza border, the enclave’s health ministry said.
Forty-year-old Jaber Abu Mustafa died after he was shot in the chest near Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, the ministry said.Nearly 150 other Palestinians were shot by Israeli forces during the demonstrations, the ministry said. The death takes to 53 the number of Palestinians martyred since protests began on March 30 calling for Palestinians to be able to return to the homes they fled in 1948, which are now inside Israel.Thousands of Palestinians gathered at five different points along the border. Israeli forces responded with tear gas and live ammunition, according to Gaza’s health ministry. Israel’s army said around 15,000 Palestinians took part in Friday’s protests.
“The rioters burned tyres, threw stones at the security fence and Israeli soldiers” and also flew kites carrying incendiary devices to set fire to Israeli territory, the army said in a statement.
Israeli troops fired “in accordance with the rules of engagement,” it added. The army has been accused of using excessive force against protesters, with both the United Nations and European Union calling for independent investigations.