Israel on Friday shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian and injured five others in the southern Gaza strip. Fahd al-Astal was shot in the stomach by the Israeli army near the Gaza-Israel border fence.
Although the weekly Great March of Return protests that take place along the fence were cancelled this week, a few young Palestinians did gather in the area. Israel brutally enforces a strict ‘no-go zone’ near the fence.
Israeli army sources claimed that the Palestinians threw stones and explosive devices. The soldiers responded by firing at the Palestinians, leading to the death of Fahd.
Since the beginning of the Great March of Return protests in March 2018, Israel has killed at least 348 Palestinians, more than half of them during the protests. The rest have been killed in airstrikes or by tank fire.
The protesters are demanding that Israel end the 12-year blockade of Gaza which has made life miserable for the more than 2 million Palestinians. They are also calling for the implementation of the right to return for Palestinians who were displaced, expelled, and made refugees from their homes and lands in the present-day state of Israel during its foundation in 1948.