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Gazan succumbs to wounds sustained during Friday demonstration

Dec. 28, 2015 2:41 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 29, 2015 11:26 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian man on Monday died after being shot by Israeli forces during demonstrations in the central Gaza Strip days prior, medics said.

Medical sources in Gaza told Ma’an that 48-year-old Yousif Abu Sbeikha al-Buheiri from the al-Maghazi refugee camp succumbed to gunshot wounds he sustained Friday when Israeli military forces opened fire on protestors.

Sbeikha’s death came after another demonstrator, Hani Rafiq Wahdan, 22, was shot in the head near the al-Shujayyia neighborhood during protests in the Gaza Strip on the same day.

Last Friday marked the third Friday in a row that Israeli forces shot dead Gazan demonstrators during weekly marches.

At least 22 Palestinians have been 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.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip began demonstrations in solidarity with Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem when unrest grew in the occupied area in October.

Use of force by the Israeli military during the demonstrations led the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights to condemn at the time Israel’s “excessive use of force, and violations of the right to life and security of the person."

The UN's Middle East peace envoy, Nikolay Mladenov, visited the besieged Gaza Strip earlier this month.

After the visit, the official said: “A complete generation has lost hope in peace and in the two-state solution and it is our responsibility to bring hope to the Palestinians through working with all sides to reduce the current violence."

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