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After 2 years of suffering, Palestinian youth dies of gunshot wounds fired by Israeli military in Gaza rally

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)
Palestinian youth Mohammed Labed succumbs to Israeli gunshot wounds he sustained during Gaza protests, on October 19, 2021.

A Palestinian youth has succumbed to Israeli gunshot wounds he sustained two years ago during the weekly Great March of Return protests along the fence separating the Gaza Strip from the occupied territories.

The Palestinian Ma’an news agency identified the victim as Mohammed Labed, saying he died of his wounds on Tuesday night.

The Great March of Return was a series of demonstrations held each Friday in the besieged Gaza Strip between March 2018 and December 2019.

The protesters demanded the right to return to their ancestors’ homes, which they were expelled from in 1948 when Israeli soldiers forcefully removed 750,000 Palestinians from their villages to clear the way for the occupying entity’s emergence.

They also called for an end to the crippling Israeli blockade on Gaza, home to over two million Palestinians.

Israeli forces used lethal force against the Gaza demonstrators, shooting tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and live ammunition.

As a result, 214 Palestinians were killed and more than 36,100 others injured, according to the figures provided by the UN.

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