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Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian in Gaza Strip, injure 8 others

June 9, 2017 6:40 P.M. (Updated: June 12, 2017 6:02 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian and injured at least six others in the besieged Gaza Strip on Friday after clashes broke out near the border between northern Gaza and Israel, while Israeli forces also injured two more Palestinians with live ammunition during clashes in central Gaza.

Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinians to the east of Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, when Israeli forces killed Ayed Khamis Jumaa, 35, after shooting him in the head with live ammunition, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Six other Palestinians were also injured with live ammunition fired by Israeli forces and were rushed to Gaza's Indonesian hospital to receive medical care, the ministry added.

In a separate incident, Israeli forces injured at least two Palestinians with live ammunition -- one in his arm and the other in his foot -- after clashes broke out east of Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, according to witnesses.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an "several violent riots" took place in the border area between Israel and Gaza when "hundreds of Palestinians" attempted to damage Israel's separation fence, burned tires, and hurled rocks at Israeli forces. She said that Israeli forces are still stationed in the area to "prevent damage to the fence."

The spokesperson added that she was aware of a Palestinian being killed and others being injured and confirmed to Ma'an that Israeli forces had used live ammunition on the protesters, which she said was part of Israel's protocols when Palestinians enter the "buffer zone" -- a unilaterally declared and undefined area between Gaza and Israel's separation fence.

Spokesperson of the Hamas movement Hazem Qassem reacted to the killing, saying in a statement Saturday that "Hamas mourned the death of Ayed Jumaa, the martyr who was killed in cold blood yesterday on Gaza's eastern borders while he was participating in the confrontations (that) erupted to protest against the ongoing Israeli aggression on our holy shrines, land, people, and the unjust blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip."

Clashes have regularly erupted on Gaza’s border with Israel, as tens of Palestinians continue to demonstrate in protest of Israel’s decade-long siege on the small Palestinian territory.

On Tuesday evening, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian protester and injured at least seven others with live fire in the Gaza Strip during clashes.

After Israeli forces shot and critically injured a Palestinian teenager in the stomach with a live bullet during a protest in Gaza two weeks ago, rights group Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP) denounced the Israeli army’s excessive use of live fire on Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave.

“Israeli forces’ frequent use of live ammunition at the Gaza border shows a pattern of disregard for Palestinian lives,” DCIP Accountability Program Director Ayed Abu Eqtaish said, and deplored the fact that accountability for injuries and fatalities in such cases “is extremely rare.”

According to Ma’an documentation, Jumaa became the fourth Palestinian to be killed in little over a week and the 30th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces or settlers since the beginning of the year, many of whom were shot during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territory.

On Monday night, a Palestinian citizen of Israel was shot dead by an Israeli security guard during clashes in the Palestinian-majority town of Kafr Qasim in central Israel.

In 2016, seven Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, when 18 Palestinians were shot and killed by Israeli forces during clashes across the occupied Palestinian territory -- out of more than 100 Palestinians to be killed by Israelis over the course of the year.

Israeli police and soldiers have come under heavy criticism over the past year for what rights groups have referred to as “extrajudicial executions” and excessive use of force against Palestinians -- especially youth and children -- who did not pose an immediate threat or who could have been disarmed through non-lethal means, particularly during clashes.
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