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Israeli forces kill Palestinian in Gaza demo for 3rd Friday in a row

Dec. 25, 2015 5:06 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 26, 2015 12:26 P.M.)
AFP/File

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian and injured several others during demonstrations in the Gaza Strip for the third Friday in a row, the Ministry of Health said.

Hani Rafiq Wahdan, 22, was shot in the head near the al-Shujayyia neighborhood east of Gaza City, a spokesperson for Gaza’s Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, told Ma’an. Nine others were hit by live fire.

Clashes broke out between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli forces across the Gaza Strip, with four injured east al-Bureij refugee camp, including one shot with live fire in the chest, al-Qidra said.

Six others were shot in the al-Faraheen area east of Khan Younis, and one Palestinian was shot near the Erez crossing, al-Qidra added.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information but told Ma’an they would look into the incidents.

Last Friday, 20-year-old Mahmoud Muhammad Saed al-Agha was shot dead by Israeli military forces in clashes near Khan Younis, one week after Sami Shawqi Madhi, 41, was also killed during a Friday demonstration in the besieged enclave.

The three are among at least 21 Palestinians to be killed in the Gaza Strip since Oct. 1, the majority shot during demonstrations, and two -- a 2-year-old and her pregnant mother -- killed in an Israeli airstrike on their home.

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