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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces near Gaza border

Thousands of people gathered at multiple sites along the border [AP]

Date of publication: 25 January, 2019

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Ehab Abed, 25, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers during demonstrations along the Gaza border on Friday.
A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli soldiers during fresh demonstrations along the Gaza border on Friday, the health ministry in the enclave said.

Ehab Abed, 25, was "killed by Israeli occupation fire east of Rafah," in southern Gaza, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said in a statement.

An AFP journalist at the hospital said he had been shot in the heart.

Thousands of people gathered at multiple sites along the border, with Israeli forces using tear gas and live fire to force protesters back from the border.

Friday's protests were the first since the seeming breakdown of an informal truce agreement between Israel and Gaza rulers Hamas.

That deal had seen Qatar provide $15 million in funds monthly to Gaza via Israeli territory.

On Thursday Hamas said it would no longer accept the money, saying Israel was not respecting the agreement.

Qatari later said on Friday that it would channel millions of dollars in humanitarian projects "in full coordination with the United Nations".

In 2018, more than 250 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in Gaza and over 23,000 were injured.

Gaza has been under a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade for over a decade.


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