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Palestinian dies from wounds in border unrest: Gaza ministry

RFI 2018-11-08 20:13:41
A masked Palestinian protester carries a national flag as he hurls stones during a demonstration calling for an end to the Israeli blockade on Gaza on November 5, 2018 AFP

A Palestinian shot last month during protests on the Israel-Gaza border has succumbed to his wounds, the health ministry in the Gaza Strip said on Thursday.

Ahmad al-Najar, 21, was shot by Israeli fire east of Khan Yunis and was later transferred to the occupied West Bank for treatment, a health ministry spokesman said in a statement.

He died on Wednesday, the spokesman added.

At least 219 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since months of often violent border protests began in March, according to an AFP tally.

One Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper.

Recent days have seen progress towards an agreement whereby Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas would stop the protests in return for an easing of Israel's blockade of the coastal enclave.