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Gazan said to die of wounds weeks after clashing with IDF

Wafa news agency says Muhammad Sami al-Dahduh, 19, was shot in the neck during protests against Trump recognition of Jerusalem

A picture taken on December 10, 2017 shows a tear gas canister falling amid Palestinian protesters during clashes with Israeli forces near the Israel-Gaza border east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP)
A picture taken on December 10, 2017 shows a tear gas canister falling amid Palestinian protesters during clashes with Israeli forces near the Israel-Gaza border east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP)

The Hamas-run health ministry in the Gaza Strip on Sunday said a Palestinian man died of injuries sustained earlier this month during border clashes with the IDF.

Muhammad Sami al-Dahduh, 19, was injured on December 8 during demonstrations over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Dahduh was shot in the back of the neck during clashes at the border, which took place near Kibbutz Nahal Oz in Israel, the Wafa news agency reported.

His death brings to 12 the number of Palestinians who have died in riots that erupted since Trump’s December 6 announcement. Two of the 12 Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on a Hamas base.

Hamas, the Islamist terror group that seized control of Gaza in 2007, has been encouraging thousands of Gazans to confront Israeli troops at the border fence since Trump’s declaration. It has urged a new intifada to liberate Jerusalem, and told Palestinians to confront soldiers and settlers.

Relatives of a Palestinian who was killed during clashes with Israeli troops, mourn during his funeral in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, December 22, 2017. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP)

A Palestinian died on Saturday after being wounded by Israeli fire a week earlier and two others were killed Friday during protests, the Gaza health ministry said.

Sharaf Shalash, 28, sustained bullet wounds last Sunday during a demonstration east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, said ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra.

In the West Bank on Friday, protesters threw rocks and rolled burning tires at IDF troops, who responded with less-lethal riot dispersal weapons, like tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades.

The fresh violence came a day after the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution denouncing Trump’s shift in US policy regarding Jerusalem.

A Palestinian protester pushes a burning tire during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, December 22, 2017. (Nasser Shiyoukhi/AP)

In a December 6 address from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace a new approach was long overdue. He described his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel’s government as merely based on reality.

The move was hailed by Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum. Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city’s holy sites.

Palestinian groups in response called for a new intifada against Israel and urged Palestinians to confront soldiers and settlers, and each Friday since Trump’s declaration has seen thousands of Palestinians take to the streets to clash with Israeli troops, both in cities in the West Bank and along the security fence surrounding the Gaza Strip. Hundreds of rioters have been injured and several have been killed.

The past few weeks have also seen a significant increase in the number of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, approximately two dozen in two weeks, though military officials are loath to credit that solely to Trump’s declaration, pointing as well to increased Israeli efforts to demolish terrorist groups’ tunnels and internal Palestinian disputes.

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