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Gazan killed by Israel troops on border: Palestinian ministry

AFP , Friday 9 Sep 2016
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Israeli occupation forces shot and killed a Gazan teenager during clashes on Friday near the border fence, the health ministry and witnesses in the Palestinian enclave said.

Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra identified the teenager as 16-year-old Abdel Rahman al-Dabbagh, and said he was killed east of Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.

Witnesses said a group of young Palestinians gathered near the security barrier between Israel and the Gaza Strip and threw stones at Israeli lookout towers, prompting soldiers to open fire.

Qodra said the teenager was hit in the head and taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The border region between Israel and Gaza is the scene of near weekly Friday confrontations.

Witnesses said dozens of young Palestinians pelted the lookout tower with stones and that the soldiers repeatedly opened fire at them.

Israel and Palestinian in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008 and there are frequent flare-ups along the border.

Israel regularly responds to rocket fire from militants in Gaza with air strikes.

Last month, it carried out dozens of strikes in Gaza in response to rocket fire, a greater response than usual.

The Gaza Strip is run by the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas.

*The story was edited by Ahram Online.

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