Gaza – Israeli occupation forces opened fire during a demonstration in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing a Palestinian youth, the Palestinian health ministry said.
Ashraf Al Qidra, a spokesman for Gaza’s health ministry, said 15-year-old Moamen Ebrahim Abu Eyada was shot dead by Israeli occupation soldiers east of the town of Rafah, which lies at the southern end of the Gaza Strip and borders Egypt.
The border between Gaza and Israel has been the scene of weekly Palestinian demonstrations since March 30 and protests have recently taken place late at night, as was the case on Wednesday.
At least 182 Palestinians have been killed by the occupation forces in the protests, according to Palestinian health officials.
Israel maintains tight control of its land and sea borders and has launched three wars there in the past decade against Hamas.
With Egypt, Israel has imposed a blockade that the World Bank says has brought Gaza’s economy to crisis, leaving its 2 million people with limited access to healthcare, clean water and electricity.
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled since 2014.