Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in border clashes

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-28 04:34:16|Editor: yan
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GAZA, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- A young Palestinian man was shot dead Friday by Israeli army's gunfire during the weekly anti-Israel protests along the Gaza-Israel border, Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said.

In a statement, the ministry said that 20-year-old Saher Othman died of wounds he sustained earlier in the day during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers near the border fence in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah.

At least 63 Palestinians were injured during a daylong protest in eastern Gaza Strip, Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza, said.

Earlier on Friday, hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators went to the eastern area of the Gaza Strip to join the weekly anti-Israel protests, better known as the Great March of Return, which has been going on since late March last year.

The demonstrators waved Palestinian flags, chanted anti-Israel slogans and threw stones and home-made percussion bombs at the Israeli soldiers stationed on the borderline with the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said that the soldiers fired tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and live gunshots at the demonstrators to keep them away from reaching the fence of the borders between the coastal enclave and Israel.

The ministry had said earlier that since the start of the Great March of Return in late March last year, the Israeli army shot and killed 310 demonstrators and wounded more than 17,000 people by live gunfire.