At least 11 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire and tear gas in protests along the Gaza border on Saturday night, August 28, according to Gazan reports, shortly after arson balloons launched from the Strip caused two brush fires in southern Israel. According to Israel’s Military Spokesperson’s Office, its troops were reinforced by special forces and tank units.
Earlier on Saturday, the Palestinian Health Ministry announced that a 13-year-old boy who was critically injured in the previous Saturday’s protests (August 21) against Israel’s blockade of Gaza died of his wounds. Omar Abu Nil, a resident of Gaza City’s Al-Tuffah neighborhood, was shot in the head by an Israeli sniper. Abu Nil was treated for a week in a Gaza hospital before succumbing to his mortal injury.
Besides Abu Nil, one other Palestinian as well as an Israeli police officer were critically wounded during the clashes. The Palestinian, Osama Khaled Deij, 32 died on Thursday. A total of 41 people, mainly children, were injured on that Saturday a week ago when Israeli soldiers opened fire at the participants in the rally. Israeli Border Police officer Staff-Sgt. Barel Shmueli, 21, remains in serious condition in Soroka Hospital in Beersheba. Shmueli was shot at point-blank range when a Palestinian youth approached a slit in a barrier where Shmueli was stationed and fired a pistol at him at point blank range.