Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip

Fahd al-Astal, 16, died after being shot in stomach east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, ministry of health said.

    A Palestinian youth speaks with another as relatives and friends of a teenager who was killed near the Israeli fence mourn outside a hospital in Khan Younis [Said Khatib/AFP]
    A Palestinian youth speaks with another as relatives and friends of a teenager who was killed near the Israeli fence mourn outside a hospital in Khan Younis [Said Khatib/AFP]

    A Palestinian teenager has been killed and five others wounded by Israeli fire in the southern Gaza Strip.

    According to Gaza's ministry of health, 16-year-old Fahd al-Astal died on Friday after he was shot in the stomach by the Israeli army east of Khan Younis.

    Weekly protests along the Israeli frontier were officially cancelled on Friday.

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    But local residents said a small number of mostly young Palestinians still approached the fence, an area in which Israel's military enforces a "no go" zone.

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    The Israeli army said it was looking into the incident.

    At least 348 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since weekly protests began in March 2018, more than half during the demonstrations.

    Others were killed by air attacks or tank fire.

    The protesters are calling for Israel to ease its blockade of the coastal area and for Palestinians to be allowed to return to their ancestral homes now inside Israel.

    Israel accuses Gaza's rulers Hamas of orchestrating the protests and using them as cover to carry out attacks.

    Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.

    About 70 percent of Gaza's two million Palestinians are registered refugees who were originally expelled from their homes by then Zionist armed groups before the founding of Israel in 1948.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies