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Palestinian shot by Israeli forces near Gaza border fence succumbs to wounds

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Osama Khaled D’eij, 32, died of gunshot wounds after being injured by Israeli fire during a protest along the border fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories. (Photo by Wafa news agency)

A Palestinian man has died of gunshot wounds he sustained when Israeli military forces opened fire on a group of Palestinians attending a rally against the Tel Aviv regime along the border fence separating the blockaded Gaza Strip from the occupied territories.

Palestinian medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City told the official Wafa news agency that 32-year-old Osama Khaled D’eij succumbed to his injuries at the medical center on Wednesday morning.

The sources added that D’eij was shot and seriously injured during protests that took place near the border fence over the weekend to condemn the paralyzing Israeli blockade of Gaza and commemorate the burning of al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of occupied al-Quds 52 years ago.

He was rushed to Shifa Hospital, where he immediately underwent a surgery. He, however, remained in a critical condition at the intensive care unit (ICU) and passed away today.

Israeli gunfire wounded at least 41 Palestinians, including two critically, on Saturday evening.

Among the two Palestinians critically injured was a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head, Gaza's health ministry said.

It described most of the other injuries as moderate.

The Israeli military claimed hundreds of demonstrators had approached one area of the fence in northern Gaza and attempted to climb over, prompting the troops to fire tear gas and live rounds at the protesters.

Palestine: EU should stop Israel from committing crimes

Meanwhile, Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad al-Maliki urged the European Union on Tuesday to stop the Israeli regime from perpetrating more crimes against Palestinians in the occupied territories.

During a meeting with his Slovenian counterpart Anže Logar in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Maliki described the Israeli occupation as the chief obstacle to the development of the Palestinian economy, stressing that the Tel Aviv regime controls and exploits Palestinian natural resources.

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad al-Maliki (R) poses for a photograph with his Slovenian counterpart Anže Logar in the occupied central West Bank city of Ramallah on August 24, 2021. (Photo by Wafa news agency)

The top Palestinian diplomat highlighted that an end to the Israeli occupation and Palestinians’ unrestricted access to their natural resources are a prerequisite for the distribution of international aid and creation of a robust economy that could ensure the Palestinian nation’s prosperity.

He urged the international community, particularly the EU, to take immediate action and stop Israel from committing more crimes against Palestinians.

Maliki also demanded the removal of Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip, emphasizing that the impoverished coastal enclave can be reconstructed once an international mechanism guarantees that Israel would no longer carry out a devastating onslaught on the sliver.

Logar, for his first, underlined that Slovenia would continue to support Palestinian institutions and the so-called two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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