A Palestinian teenager who was shot by IDF forces yesterday has died of his wounds, the Health Ministry in Gaza stated Saturday morning. The teenager’s death brings the death toll from yesterday’s violent riots to four.
Watch: Palestinians attempt to infiltrate Israel and burn security fence (Video Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)
The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza stated on Saturday that a Palestinian teenager who was injured yesterday along the border has succumbed to his wounds, bringing the death toll from Friday’s border riots to four.
Yesterday, for the fifth Friday in a row, thousands of Palestinians gathered along the Gaza border in several locations. Near the Karni crossing, hundreds of Palestinians stormed the border to damage the security fence, successfully destroying part of it. The IDF responded by opening fire.
“The rioters started to near the fence, throwing explosive devices, hand grenades and Molotov cocktails,” a statement from the military spokesperson’s unit read. “IDF forces responded in accordance with the protocols and stopped the infiltration attempt.”
Palestinian protesters in Gaza Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90
In addition, Israeli fighter jets attacked six Hamas targets late Friday night. “The IDF seriously views the constant attempt by the Hamas terrorist group to turn the border area into a scene of violence and terror under a civilian disguise,” the military’s spokesperson said in a statement. “The IDF will not tolerate the cynical use of civilians, including children, women and handicapped people, to cover up constant terror acts, and it will continue to respond firmly.”
On Friday afternoon, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein criticized Israel’s response to the violent riots. “The loss of life is deplorable, and the staggering number of injuries caused by live ammunition only confirms the sense that excessive force has been used against demonstrators – not once, not twice, but repeatedly,” Zeid said in a statement.
“I am doubly concerned by reports of unusually severe injuries resulting from the use of live ammunition,” he continued. “Furthermore, many of those seeking treatment outside of Gaza have been refused permits by Israel to leave, which has increased the suffering.”