Israeli troops kill Palestinian during Gaza blockade protest

Gaza health authorities state that at least 15 others, including a child, were wounded by Israeli fire at local Palestinians.

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A Palestinian in the besieged Gaza Strip was killed by Israeli forces, Gaza’s health ministry has said, as hundreds took part in a protest against Israel’s 14-year siege of the region.

A 26-year-old Palestinian, Ahmad Saleh, was shot in the abdomen, the ministry said, while at least 15 others were injured by Israeli fire, including a child who was in serious condition.

Palestinians conducted nightly protests along the Israeli fence this week to voice anger at an Israeli-led blockade of the territory.

The protests add to a recent rise in violence in the region, which had reached a boiling point as Israeli forces conducted an 11-day bombardment of the Strip.

Since the ceasefire reached between Israel and Hamas, small-scale escalations have taken place, including the resumption of Israeli air strikes..

In the first deaths since the May fighting, a Palestinian boy and an Israeli soldier succumbed to their injuries this week after being shot in cross-border fire during border clashes on August 21.

The United Nations have stepped up mediation efforts in recent weeks, by helping facilitate Qatari aid to Gaza in a move that was widely seen as bolstering the May 21 truce.

At least 256 Palestinians and 13 people in Israel were killed in the 11-day conflict in May.


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