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.