Gazan killed on border as enclave fears fresh Israeli violence

Gazan killed on border as enclave fears fresh Israeli violence
Abdullah Mohammed al-Shahari was shot and killed by Israeli forces near the Gaza border on Thursday, as the enclave braces itself for another wave of violence during Friday protests.
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12 April, 2018
Israeli responses to protests commemorating the right of return have claimed over 30 lives [Getty]
Israeli forces shot and killed Palestinian Abdullah Mohammed al-Shahari near Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday evening, the Gaza Health Ministry announced.

Al-Shahari, 28, died after he was shot in the chest, becoming the second person killed in the enclave on Thursday.

Mohammed Hijaila, was killed and another man seriously wounded in an Israeli airstrike targeting a Hamas manned observation point east of Gaza City on Thursday morning.

The pair were apparently shooting at an Israeli jet, which was carrying out strikes in Gaza in response to an 
explosive device at Israel's border fence on Wednesday.

The two casualties come as a third wave of protests is expected in the blockaded enclave on Friday, with many fearing a violent response from Israeli forces.

Since demonstrations marking the Great Return March began on March 30, 33 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces.

Some 2,850 have been wounded, including 1,296 from live ammunition fired at protesters, the vast majority of whom were unarmed.

There have been no Israeli casualties.

The Great Return March protests are expected to continue until the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, when over 700,000 were forced from their homes, many of whom ended up as refugees in Gaza.

Israel has responded to the peaceful protests by targeting demonstrators with live ammunition, as well as rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas, sparking worldwide condemnation.

The EU, UN and international human rights organisations have called for an investigation into the killings.