Three Palestinian demonstrators, including two teenagers, died of gunshot wounds they incurred from Israeli army fire Friday, July 27, during protests along the Israel-Gaza border. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, two of the fatalities, identified as Majdi al-Satri, 14, and Razi Abu Mustafa, 43, died on Friday; the third, Muamen Fathi al-Hims, 17, succumbed to his wounds Saturday morning.
Locals confirmed that al-Hims died as a result of being severely wounded by an explosive bullet that hit him in the stomach while he was among the participants in the Great March of Return in eastern Rafah on Friday. From there he was transferred to the European hospital where he was pronounced dead on Saturday.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, al-Hims’ death brings the death toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since March 30, when the Great March of Return demonstrations started, to 155.
During Friday’s violence along its border with the besieged Gaza Strip, Israeli forces also fired live ammunition at a group of Palestinians near the Great March of Return camp at Khuzaa in eastern Khan Younis. A reporter for the Ma’an Palestinian news agency said that an 11-year-old Palestinian boy was wounded in the leg by a live bullet and was transferred to the Nasser Hospital for treatment. The boy was one of 184 Palestinians who were injured along the border last Friday, 117 of whom were admitted to hospital including 70 wounded by live ammunition. Among the wounded were 10 women, 14 children, four medics and one journalist.