Palestinian critically injured by Israeli fire in Gaza

A Palestinian man was critically injured by Israeli army fire in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, according to the Health Ministry.

The 45-year-old man was shot in the neck while farming his field in the northern city of Beit Lahia, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement.

Palestinians are planning to stage a fresh protest near Israel-Gaza buffer zone on Tuesday.

More than 250 Palestinians have been martyred -- and thousands more injured -- by Israeli army fire in anti-occupation protests in Gaza since March.

Demonstrators demand the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

They also demand an end to Israel's 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave's economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

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