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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 October 2018

Gaza teen dies of wounds from Israeli gunfire

Mahmud Al Gharabli was shot by Israeli forces in May during protests

The relatives of Mohammed Ghassan Abu Daqqa, a Palestinian shot by Israeli forces during border-protests east of Khan Yunis on May 14, mourn during his funeral after he succumbed to his wounds on June 21, 2018. Said Khatib / AFP
The relatives of Mohammed Ghassan Abu Daqqa, a Palestinian shot by Israeli forces during border-protests east of Khan Yunis on May 14, mourn during his funeral after he succumbed to his wounds on June 21, 2018. Said Khatib / AFP

A Palestinian teenager shot by Israeli forces in May on the Gaza border died of his wounds on Wednesday, the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory said.

"Mahmud Al Gharabli, 16, died after being injured in the head east of Gaza City on May 14," ministry spokesman Ashraf Al Qudra said.

Gharabli's death brings to at least 63 the number of Palestinians killed on that day, when thousands approached the heavily guarded border fence as the United States moved its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Since the protests broke out along the Gaza border on March 30, at least 139 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.

The majority were involved in protests but others were seeking to breach or damage the border fence.

No Israelis have been killed.

Israel says its use of live fire is necessary to defend its borders and stop infiltrations. It accuses Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas of seeking to use the protests as cover for attacks.

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