14-year-old Palestinian boy killed in Gaza protests

Palestinians protest against Israel's siege of Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian boy was shot in the chest and killed by Israeli gunfire during Friday protests near the Gaza borders.

Youssef al-Daya, 14, was fatally shot by Israeli forces stationed along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

At least 41 Palestinians were also injured with live ammunition during the clashes while hundreds others suffered teargas inhalation, the ministry added.

On Friday, thousands of Palestinians headed towards the eastern borders of the blockaded Strip to take part in the 48th week of the Great March of Return protests, calling for the lifting of Israel’s 12-year-long siege.

The Great March of Return protests started on March 30, which marks the commemoration of the Land Day, near the border fence separating Israel and Gaza.

The protests reached their peak on May 14, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day, which coincided with the US embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.

More than 250 Palestinians have been killed so far and another 26,000 injured by Israeli forces since the beginning of the events.

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