Palestinian teen succumbs to wounds sustained in Gaza border protests
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A 14-year-old Palestinian teenager died on Monday from wounds sustained in last weekend’s border protests, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
Last Friday, over 10,000 Palestinians protested along the border fence with Israel at the tail end of a tense week in Gaza after Qatari money supposed to enter the strip was delayed.
A Palestinian woman was also killed by Israeli fire on Friday, leading many in Gaza to push the enclave’s ruling Hamas to avenge her death.
Palestinian media on Monday circulated an image reportedly depicting the slain teen, Abdel Mohammed Saleh.
On Saturday night, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at Israel, prompting retaliatory strikes on several underground structures belonging to ruling Islamist group Hamas.
Hamas on Sunday morning responded to the Israeli strike in a statement saying that "a dangerous escalation and the use of fire will not bring Israel and its residents security" and that Israel will "bear the full consequences."
Israel has vowed to respond to all acts of aggression against its territory.
"The Hamas terrorist organization is responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip," the IDF said Sunday. "The IDF will continue to act in defense of Israeli citizens and against terror from the Gaza Strip"
At least once a week since March, Palestinians have taken part in often violent protests with backing from Hamas.
Most of the Palestinians killed were shot in weekly clashes, but others have been hit by tank fire or airstrikes
Protests have calmed in recent months amid an informal truce between Israel and Hamas.
Under the unwritten agreement, Israel has allowed Qatar to provide money and fuel to Hamas's government in Gaza in exchange for relative calm.
An expected delivery of new funds by Qatar did not arrive this week, sparking speculation Israel was holding it up.
The health ministry in recent days has warned that due to a severe fuel crisis, many health facilities and services will soon be terminated.
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