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1 killed, 3 injured by Israeli forces in Gaza clashes

Nov. 18, 2016 9:04 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2016 3:48 P.M.)
Muhammad Abu Saada's mother clutches onto her son's dead body after he was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in Gaza on Nov. 18, 2016.
GAZA (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was killed and three others were injured by Israeli forces during clashes on Friday east of al-Bureij refugee camp near the "buffer zone" in the central Gaza Strip, and near the Nahal Oz border crossing in eastern Gaza.

Ministry of Health Spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said Muhammad Abu Saada, 26, from al-Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip was killed after Israeli soldiers shot him in the chest during the clashes near al-Bureij.

Al-Qidra said two others were injured near al-Bureij, while a third was injured near Nahal Oz.

Abu Saada is the 239th Palestinian to be killed by an Israeli since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October 2015, the vast majority of whom were shot dead by Israeli forces.

During the same time period, 34 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians.

Throughout the unrest, rights groups have repeatedly denounced what they have termed Israeli forces' "shoot-to-kill" policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.

While Israel alleges many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.

According to Ma’an documentation, Abu Saada was among 25 Palestinians, including four minors, to be killed by Israeli forces during clashes in the Gaza Strip since last October, when protesters began gathering every Friday at border areas in the Gaza Strip to show solidarity with what Palestinians in Gaza have termed the “Jerusalem Intifada” taking place in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In a single day on Oct. 6 , 2015, six Palestinians were shot dead by the Israeli army during demonstrations in Gaza.

The so-called “buffer zone” where Abu Saada and protesters have been killed was unilaterally declared a “no-go-zone” by Israel in 2005, “illegally restricting Palestinians from accessing their own lands,” Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP) said in a report.

“The exact range of the buffer zone is unclear and Palestinians often only know they have strayed into the buffer zone when Israeli soldiers across the border fence fire at them.”

Both DCIP and Israeli human rights group B'Tselem highlighted in reports the culture of impunity reserved for Israeli forces who kill Palestinians, noting the unlikelihood that the Israeli soldier who kills a Palestinian be held accountable.

“Accountability for shootings by Israeli forces is extremely rare, and Israel routinely defends or denies using lethal force against children,” said DCIP, while B’Tselem affirmed that “if an investigation does take place, experience shows the chances of it leading to any substantive results are extremely low.”

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