Gazan dies of wounds from Israeli fire


A Palestinian has succumbed to wounds he sustained by Israeli army fire during anti-occupation protests along border of the Gaza Strip on Friday, according to the Health Ministry.

Yahya Bader al-Hassanat, 37, from the central Gaza Strip, died of his head injury on Sunday, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement.

For the last seven months, Palestinians in Gaza have been staging regular demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone to demand the right to return to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948.

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 two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

Since the rallies began on March 30, more than 200 Palestinians have been martyred-- and thousands more injured -- by Israeli troops deployed along the other side of the buffer zone.

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