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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 November 2018

Palestinian dies of wounds after Gaza clashes

Seven Palestinians killed as a result of Friday's clashes at the border fence

Friends of 22-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Abu Lebda, who was killed amid clashes at the border fence, during his funeral in the Gaza Strip on October 27, 2018. AFP
Friends of 22-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Abu Lebda, who was killed amid clashes at the border fence, during his funeral in the Gaza Strip on October 27, 2018. AFP

A Palestinian has died two days after suffering gunshot wounds in clashes on the Israel-Gaza border, the health ministry in the enclave said Sunday.

The death raises to seven the number of Palestinians killed as a result of Friday's clashes when thousands again approached the border fence.

Yahya Al Hassanat, 37, was shot in the head along the border near Al Bureij in central Gaza, the ministry said.

Five other Palestinians were also shot dead during Friday's protests, the ministry said, while one died when a grenade he was carrying exploded accidentally, according to witnesses.

At least 214 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in months of protests and clashes along the Gaza border.

One Israeli soldier has been killed since the protests and clashes began on March 30.

Israel says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop infiltrations and attacks, which it accuses Hamas of seeking to orchestrate.

Palestinians and rights groups say protesters have been shot while posing little threat.

Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, run by Islamist movement Hamas, have fought three wars since 2008.

Later on Friday and into Saturday, Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel, which responded with extensive air strikes.

The violence came to an end after Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian militant group that launched the rockets, said it had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered truce.

No one was killed from the rocket fire and air strikes.

Several military flare-ups have occurred in the months since the protests began, prompting fears of a new war between the two sides.

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