A Palestinian man has died of the injuries he sustained during the recent fifty-day Israeli military onslaught on the blockaded Gaza Strip, almost two weeks after the end of the war.
Palestinian medical sources said the man, identified as Mahmoud al-Sheikh Eid al-Zamili, was seriously injured after Israeli forces targeted the city of Rafah, situated 30 kilometers (around 19 miles) south of Gaza City, with heavy artillery shelling in early August.
Zamili was then transferred to a hospital in Egypt, where he succumbed to his wounds on Saturday. His body has been brought back to Gaza through the Rafah border crossing in preparation for his funeral.
Israel started pounding the Gaza Strip in early July, inflicting heavy losses on the Palestinian land. Almost 2,140 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including women, children and the elderly, were killed in the Israeli onslaught. Around 11,000 others were injured.
Tel Aviv says 72 Israelis were killed in the conflict, but Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says the number is much higher.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement has said it fired over 3,000 rockets on dozens of Israeli cities during the Israeli war.
The latest Israeli war ended on August 26 by an Egyptian-brokered truce, which took effect after negotiations in Cairo. The deal stipulates the ease of Israel’s seven-year-old blockade as well as the provision of a guarantee that Palestinian demands will be met.
Palestinian experts say it costs more than $7.5 billion to rebuild the besieged Gaza Strip, which was ravaged during the recent Israeli onslaught.
The Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction said on September 4 that the process would take “five years if Israel removed its blockade on Gaza entirely.”