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4-year-old Palestinian boy dies of wounds from Israeli fire
  • Gaza News
  • 11:12 12 December 2018
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Gaza, ALRAY -- A four-year-old Palestinian boy, Ahmed Abu Abed, has succumbed to his wounds after being injured by Israeli gunfire at a routine protest near the fence with Israel, medics reported.


The Ministry of Health spokesperson, Ashraf al-Qidra, said that Ahmed Abu Abed died late on Tuesday.


"Ahmed Abu Abed, aged four years and eight months, died as a result of the wounds he received last Friday east of Khan Younis," al-Qudra said in a statement on Tuesday.


He said Abu Abed was injured by shrapnel when his father was shot during regular Friday protests, dubbed the Great March of Return.


Ahmed Abu Abed becomes the youngest of some 200 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in the demonstrations since March.


Local sources said the boy was with his father and dozens of other protesters when he was hit by shrapnel on Friday. He says the boy was about 20 metres from the fence.


Demonstrations began in March for the right of refugees in Gaza to return their homes lost since the 1948 creation of Israel, prompting a forceful response from Israel.


Since March, at least 235 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces who have used live fire on the unarmed protesters and carried out raids on the Gaza strip.


More than 50 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli forces or settlers in 2018, according to NGO Defense for Children International.