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Palestinian succumbs to wounds sustained during Friday protests in Gaza

April 2, 2018 12:04 P.M. (Updated: April 4, 2018 2:43 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A 29-year-old Palestinian succumbed on Monday to wounds he sustained during Land Day protests on Friday near the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip.

Spokesperson of the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, confirmed that Fares al-Ruqab, 29, succumbed to his wounds on Monday.

Al-Ruqab was shot in the stomach with live ammunition during protesters in eastern Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, when 16 other Palestinians in Gaza were killed by Israeli forces along the border -- one of them a farmer, 15 of them protesters.

Rights groups condemned Israel’s excessive use of force against protesters, who were participating in “The Great March of Return,” a weeks-long planned protest during which Gazans have demanded their right to return to their original homelands inside present day Israel.

Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights, released a statement on Friday condemning Israel’s use of military snipers against the civilian protesters.

“The Israeli military’s use of 100 snipers against unarmed Palestinian civilian protesters in the Gaza Strip is illegal, the statement said, adding “live gunfire on unarmed civilians constitutes a brutal violation of the international legal obligation to distinguish between civilians and combatants,” the group said.

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