Palestinian teens killed by Israeli soldiers in Gaza

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 11, 2019

Women holding Palestinian flags run away from tear gas fired by IDF troops on the Israel-Gaza Strip border, February 8, 2019.

Two Palestinian teens, 14 and 17, were killed on Friday during a Hamas-sponsored March of Return protest, where clashes are underway with the Israeli army along the defensive barrier between Gaza and the Jewish state, according to medical sources in the Gaza Strip, cited by the media.

It added that the soldiers also killed Hamza Mohammad Roshdi Eshteiwi, 18, from Gaza city, after shooting him with live fire in the neck, east of Gaza.

Palestinians have been staging weekly protests since last March at the border of Gaza, an enclave controlled by Hamas.

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The IDF reported that the Friday protests drew thousands of Palestinians who gathered at five locations along the fence, throwing rocks toward Israeli forces stationed behind the frontier.

Israeli forces killed a woman and child during protests in the occupied Gaza Strip on 11 January while they were at a "significant distance" from the perimeter fence. At that moment, the boy was struck in the head by a tear gas canister fired directly at protesters by Israeli forces.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have for almost a year gathered at least weekly along the heavily fortified frontier for often-violent protests, calling on Israel to end its blockade of the enclave. Protests have dwindled in recent months after an informal agreement.

In this Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 photo, Israeli police officers are seen near the area where the body of an Israeli teenager was found in Jerusalem. "Regarding statements that we have been invited, we can say that only today there was some contact from the Polish side", Erekat said on Twitter.

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