Israel military forces have shot and killed a young Palestinian man in the besieged Gaza Strip during an anti-occupation protest along the border separating the blockaded enclave and the Israeli-occupied territories.
The Gaza Ministry of Health identified the victim as Sabri Ahmad Abu Khadir, 24, adding that he succumbed to his severe wounds at al-Shifa Hospital at Monday noon, a few hours after the Israeli forces directly opened fire on him in the eastern borders of Gaza City.
According to Palestinian Ma’an News Agency, the victim was among a group of young protesters who had arrived on Monday morning at the “return camps” along the eastern Gaza border to hold their demonstration as part of the “Great March of Return” before Israeli troops deployed at the border opened live fire at them.
At least 130 Palestinians, including 14 children, have been killed by Israeli forces since the Return rallies began in the Gaza Strip on March 30. About 13,300 Palestinians also sustained injuries, of them 300 are currently in a critical condition.
The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), when the Israeli regime forcibly drove more than 760,000 Palestinians – now estimated to number nearly five million with their descendants – out of their homes. This year’s anniversary coincided with the US embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds, a highly provocative move that infuriated Palestinians and intensified the protesting rallies.
Since 1948, the Israeli regime has denied Palestinian refugees the right to return, despite United Nations resolutions and international law that upholds people’s right to return to their homelands.
Israel has launched several wars on the Palestinian coastal sliver, the last of which began in early July 2014. The military aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians. Over 11,100 others were also wounded in the war.
The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.
The Israeli regime denies about 1.8 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs with proper wages as well as adequate healthcare and education.