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25-year-old Palestinian succumbs to wounds sustained in Gaza protests

April 20, 2018 2:10 P.M. (Updated: April 23, 2018 11:16 A.M.)
Palestinian men carry a man wounded during clashes with Israeli security forces, outside a hospital in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on October 9, 2015. (AFP)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man from the northern Gaza Strip who was critically injured earlier on Friday was pronounced dead later in the afternoon.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed that 25-year-old Ahmad Nabil Abu Aqel succumbed to wounds sustained during protests in eastern Jabaliya, when Israeli soldiers shot him in the head.

Over 30 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since the "Great March of Return" protests began on March 30.

Among the dead were two minors and a journalist.

Friday marked the fourth Friday of the massive nonviolent protests in Gaza, during which thousands of Palestinian refugees have taken to the heavily militarized borders with Israel to demand their collective right of return to their homelands.

The six-week protest is set to end on May 15th, the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, or “catastrophe,” when the state of Israel was created, leaving some 750,000 Palestinians and millions of their descendants as refugees.

Despite widespread outcry from international rights groups who have condemned Israel’s excessive use of forces against the civilian protesters, Israeli has maintained its open-fire rules for the Gaza border.

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