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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Palestinians bury Gaza journalist killed by Israeli fire

Gaza health ministry announced he had died after receiving treatment inside Israel

<p>Palestinian youths mourn during the funeral of journalist Ahmed Abu Hussein in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip after he succumbed to his injuries from two weeks before when he was shot by Israeli forces while covering demonstrations on the Gaza border. Mohammed Abed / AFP</p>
<p>Palestinian youths mourn during the funeral of journalist Ahmed Abu Hussein in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip after he succumbed to his injuries from two weeks before when he was shot by Israeli forces while covering demonstrations on the Gaza border. Mohammed Abed / AFP</p>

Hundreds of Palestinians have participated in the funeral of a Gaza journalist who died after being shot by Israeli troops while covering a border protest.

Ahmed Abu Hussein, 24, died on Wednesday at an Israeli hospital, nearly two weeks after he was shot on April 13.

Mr Hussein was covering the weekly massive protests organized by Hamas, the group that controls Gaza.

Amateur video taken at the time shows him wearing a blue vest and helmet with the word "TV" on it. He appeared to be standing far from the Israeli border in a group of bystanders when he was shot.

The Gaza health ministry announced he had died after receiving treatment inside Israel, which the Sheba hospital near Tel Aviv confirmed.

His body was later transferred to Gaza, health officials said, ahead of his funeral.

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Mr Hussein worked for Radio Shaab, a well-known radio station seen as close to the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) party, as well as being a photographer for a local news agency.

In a statement on Thursday, the Israeli military said "the circumstances regarding the injury of Ahmed Abu Hussein will be examined."

The Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate said in a statement it held the Israeli authorities "fully responsible for this crime" and called for prosecutions.

Mr Hussein is the second journalist to have been killed since protests broke out on March 30 after photographer Yasser Murtaja was killed on April 6 while covering the protests.

Meanwhile, Hamas leaders and family members were waiting on Thursday at the Egyptian border for the body of a Hamas-affiliated scientist gunned down last week in Malaysia. The body of Fadi Al Batsh, an engineering lecturer in a Kuala Lumpur university, was expected to arrive later on Thursday.

Hamas, which accuses Israel of assassinating Mr Al Batsh, is to bury him on Friday at a ceremony led by Ismail Haniyeh, the group's top leader.