09/03/2021, 09.32
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Gaza, clashes between Palestinians and Israeli army: one dead and 15 wounded

The wounded include five children. 26-year-old Ahmad Salleh was killed by a bullet fired by a soldier, the third victim in a few days. The demonstrations promoted by Hamas against the blockade imposed by Israel in the Strip. For the Palestinian extremist movement recent openings are insufficient. 



Gaza (AsiaNews/Agencies) - A young Palestinian was killed by Israeli soldiers, during the clashes that broke out yesterday between the two sides along the eastern border separating the Gaza Strip from the Jewish State. According to what is reported in a note by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, led by the extremist movement Hamas inside the Strip, the 26 year old Ahmad Salleh was hit by a bullet "fired by an Israeli army soldier, near the border". 

In the violence between the parties there are also 15 injured Palestinians, among whom there are also five children. Among the wounded, five were hit by the bullets shot by Israeli soldiers and another 10 suffered from suffocation after inhaling tear gas exploded by the military to disperse the crowd. 

The 26-year-old is the third Palestinian victim in a few days to die during the protests. Previously, a 12-year-old boy and a Hamas militant died. An Israeli soldier also died in recent days from gunshot wounds sustained in these clashes.

Eyewitnesses add that last night dozens of protesters, members of the so-called "Night Disturbance Unit," gathered for the sixth consecutive day along the eastern border area between the Jewish state and the Palestinian enclave. Hundreds of demonstrators chanted slogans and songs along the border, to protest against the blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza, although just in these days the Israeli authorities have decided to ease it by granting more concessions, including the reopening of the main border crossing. 

The disruption unit includes members and supporters of different Palestinian factions, including Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007 after ousting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' security forces. Protesters burned tires, threw homemade percussion grenades and clashed with soldiers, who responded by firing several rounds to disperse them.

Among the concessions offered by Israel are the pumping of a greater volume of drinking water, the entry of construction materials needed for reconstruction after last May's flash conflict and the increase in the number of permits for commercial reasons from 2,000 to 7,000. Hamas has rejected the Israeli openings, calling them "insufficient" measures and announcing further demonstrations. 

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