A Palestinian shot by Israeli forces in clashes on the Gaza border nearly two weeks ago has succumbed to his wounds, the enclave’s Hamas-run health ministry said Tuesday.
Mousa Mohammed Mousa, 23, was injured on March 1 in violent protests along the border, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said in a statement.
Speaking to AFP, he claimed Mousa had been shot in the back east of al-Bureij in central Gaza.
Since last March, the Gaza border has seen large-scale weekly clashes on Fridays, smaller protests along the northern Gaza border on Tuesdays, as well as periodic flareups between the Israeli military and Palestinian terror organizations. Protesters have been gathering along the frontier in often-violent protests calling for Palestinian refugees and their descendants to be allowed to return to former homes now inside Israel.
Israel accuses the Gaza Strip’s Islamist rulers Hamas — who openly seek Israel’s destruction — of orchestrating the protests.
At least 255 Palestinians — including many members of terror groups — have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since March 30, the majority during border protests, but also by tank fire and airstrikes.
Two Israeli soldiers have been killed during the same period, including one during a secretive operation within the Strip.
Israel says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop mass incursions into its territory.
It accuses the Hamas terror group, with which it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence.