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Palestinians hold funeral for youth killed by Israeli forces in Gaza

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Palestinians have held a funeral procession for a 22-year-old man who was killed by Israeli troops during protests in the area that separates the besieged Gaza Strip from the occupied territories.

The funeral for Mohamad Jamal Abu Halima was held on Saturday a day after he was shot in the chest by Israeli forces during “Great March of Return” protests.

The Gaza Health Ministry said 396 Palestinians, including medics and journalists, were either injured by live bullets or suffered from suffocation due to inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces.

Protests along the Gaza fence since March 30 have led to clashes with Israeli forces, where at least 135 Palestinians, including 14 children, have been killed. Palestinian protesters demand their right to return to their homeland. Over 15,000 Palestinians have also sustained injuries.

On May 14, Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinians who had gathered near the fence in protest against the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds. Over 60 Palestinians were shot dead and more than 2,700 wounded by Israeli snipers who had been positioned along the fence.

Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate the day, which marks the anniversary of the forcible Israeli eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland in 1948.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said children in the Gaza Strip are the main victims of the Israeli atrocities, where some 1.8 million people are living under a crippling blockade.

Gaza has been under the Israeli siege since June 2007, causing a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.

Israel has also launched several wars on the Palestinian sliver, the last of which began in early July 2014 and ended in late August the same year. The Israeli military aggression killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians and injured over 11,100 others.

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