A 15-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed, while dozens of others were injured, yesterday evening, after Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian protesters near the Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun) in the northern besieged Gaza Strip.
A Ma’an reporter said that 15-year-old Ahmad Samir Abu Habel was shot in the head by Israeli forces as he participated in protests near the Erez crossing in northern Gaza.
Medical sources confirmed that 24 Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces, while several others suffered from tear-gas inhalation as Israeli forces showered protesters with live ammunition and tear-gas bombs to disperse them.
Israeli forces targeted and fired a tear-gas bomb at an ambulance passing by the Erez crossing; no injuries were reported.
The protests were held as part of the “Great March of Return” which were launched on 30 March and saw unarmed Palestinians demanding an end to the 11-year siege on the Strip and their right to return to homes from which their families were forcibly removed.
Earlier this week the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that Israeli forces had killed 193 Palestinians and injured at least 21,000 others during the protests.