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Palestinian shot by Israel soldiers in Gaza last week dies of his wounds

People attend the funeral ceremony of 17-years-old youths Salim Sabah (C-L) and Abdullah Abu Sheyha (C-R), who were killed in Israeli warcraft and howitzer attacks, in Rafah, Gaza on February 18, 2018 [Mustafa Hassona / Anadolu Agency]
People attend the funeral ceremony of 17-years-old youths Salim Sabah (C-L) and Abdullah Abu Sheyha (C-R), who were killed in Israeli warcraft and howitzer attacks, in Rafah, Gaza on 18 February, 2018 [Mustafa Hassona / Anadolu Agency]

A Palestinian protester shot by Israeli occupation forces in the Gaza Strip last Friday died of his wounds today, various sources reported.

Ahmad Mohammad Abed-Rabbo Abu Hilo, aged 19, was shot and injured when Israeli soldiers opened fire on protesters near Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

The youth was initially treated in Al-Aqsa Hospital, and then in Shifa Hospital.

Last Friday, Israeli soldiers shot some two dozen Palestinian protesters, including with live ammunition.

Israeli occupation forces routinely use lethal violence against civilian demonstrators in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

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Abu Hilo is the ninth Palestinian to be killed by Israeli occupation forces specifically in the context of suppressing protests at the Gaza perimeter fence since Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

On Monday, the Israeli army’s Major General Yoav Mordechai vowed even more brutal violence against Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border fence.

In a video message posted to the army’s COGAT Arabic Facebook page, the senior official said that “starting today, the IDF will adopt harsher means against rioters on the Gaza Strip border”.

The message comes after Israeli soldiers were wounded by an explosive device hidden close to the Gaza perimeter fence, which the military claims was hidden there under the cover of protests.

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