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Palestinian boy wounded by Israeli forces in Gaza dies

By AFP - Aug 29,2021 - Last updated at Aug 29,2021

Young friends and relatives of Palestinian Omar Hassan Abu Al Nile, 12, who died of wounds he sustained during a protest on the Israel-Gaza border fence last week, mourn during his funeral in Gaza City, on Saturday (AFP photo)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — A 12-year-old Palestinian boy shot last week by Israeli soldiers during confrontations along the border with Gaza has died of his injuries, the territory's health ministry said Saturday.

Omar Hassan Abu Al Nile was hit during clashes last Saturday on the sidelines of a demonstration near the border fence separating the Gaza Strip and Israel, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa said.

He "succumbed to his injuries", the Gaza's health ministry said in a statement.

The August 21 unrest left around 40 people wounded, according to Gaza's Hamas rulers, including a 32-year-old Palestinian man who died on Wednesday.

Israel struck Gaza again overnight Monday-Tuesday in response to incendiary balloons that sparked multiple fires in Israel’s southern Eskhol region.

There were no reported casualties from the strikes.

New clashes took place on the border between Gaza and Israel on Wednesday, but they were less violent than those on Saturday.

The protests come just over three months after an informal truce ended 11 days of conflict between Hamas and Israel, the worst fighting between the two sides in years.

Hamas authorities said 260 Palestinians were killed by Israeli air strikes during the conflict, including fighters.

In 2018, Gazans began a protest movement demanding an end to Israel’s blockade and the right for Palestinians to return to lands they fled or were expelled from when the Israel was founded.

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