14-Year-Old Child Shot by Israeli Sniper at Gaza Protest, Dies of Wounds

by Ariyana Love

Gaza City: The criminal and illegal Zionist Occupation of Palestine is continuing to take out children at the Gaza protests.

A Palestinian child was shot on Friday by an Occupation sniper at the illegal separation barrier in Gaza, during the Great Return March. He succumbed to his wounds and passed away Saturday, Gaza’s Ministry of Health reported.

Muadh al-Suri, age 14, was shot in the abdomen, a Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said. This raises the number of Palestinians killed by Occupation fire, to over 200 and the wounded are nearing 20,000. Only one Israeli sniper was killed by an al Qassam sharp shooter (Palestinian Resistance Freedom Fighters), after the Occupation carried out extensive bombing across the strip and killed several Resistance Freedom Fighters, along with two children.

A number of Palestinians broke through the barrier fence Friday, in a display of prowess, tossing Molotov cocktails (bottles with burning gas) and stones at Occupation outposts, before returning to Gaza.

Palestinians civilians are continuing to fly balloons and kites carrying incendiary devices across the barrier fence, starting hundreds of brush fires on Palestine’s Israeli-occupied lands. The damage has caused the Occupation to loose millions of Dollars, which the Occupation has responded to with illegal air strikes (war crimes).

Thousands of Gazans are continuing to gather in protest, especially on Fridays, at different places along the separation barrier.

Gaza suffers from desperately high rates of poverty and unemployment. Over 80% of Gazans rely on food aid to survive. Food aid that is no longer available after Trump pulled USAid to UNRWA. Families are beginning to starve and that is a major motivating factor which has pushed Gazans to protest.

On July 25th, 1000 UNRWA employees were laid off. Many employees were fainting from the implications of how this will impact their lives.

Israel insists its blockade is necessary to isolate Hamas, whom Israel seeks to disarm. But experts say this brutality amounts to collective punishment of the coastal territory’s two million residents.

Ariyana Love

Ariyana Love is Founder of Occupy Palestine TV, TLB Director of Middle East Rising and Goodwill Ambassador to Palestine (ICSPR, Gaza). Ariyana is Chairwoman of Meta Nutrients Trust, a Human Rights Defender and Activist.

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