Palestinian wounded by Israeli fire dies: Gaza ministry

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – A Palestinian died on Sunday from gunshot wounds inflicted by Israeli soldiers during violent protests along the Gaza Strip’s border, the enclave’s Health Ministry said.

Ahmed Abu Jamal, 30, was wounded during clashes in Beit Lahiya in the north of Gaza on January 29, said the ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra.

Unrest has shaken the frontier between Gaza and Israel since last March as residents of the blockaded enclave have staged mass protests.

More than 30 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire last Friday as the weekly demonstrations again turned violent.

At least 247 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since March 30 last year, the majority during border protests but also by tank fire and air strikes.

Two Israeli soldiers have been killed during the same period.

Israel said its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop mass incursions into its territory.

It accuses Gaza’s militant ruler Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence.