Palestinian shot by Israeli occupation forces on Gaza border dies

There were no early reports of deaths or injuries at the tented camps near the 25-mile (40km) border fence which is the site of what Palestinians call "The Great March of Return".

The Palestinians and human rights groups, including the United Nations body, have criticised Israel for using live fire against the protesters.

A Palestinian teenager who was shot last week by Israeli forces during anti-occupation protests and clashes along the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and occupied territories has succumbed to his gunshot wounds. Army gunfire has killed at least 43 Palestinians on the frontier over the last month.

Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate Nakba Day, which marks the anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland by Israelis in 1948.

Demonstrators have been gathering every day several hundred metres from the fence separating Israel from Gaza, where nearly 1.3 million of the small territory's two million inhabitants are refugees, to demand the right to return to their pre-1948 homes.

Israel media reported this week that army snipers would target Palestinian protesters flying kites allegedly rigged with Molotov cocktails.

Israel rules that out, concerned it would lose its Jewish majority.

Aser was shot east of Gaza City on April 27, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al Qudra said.

Israel rejects the protests and vows to respond to any border infiltration attempts threatening its sovereignty as well as its residents. "If they don't allow us back, at least they should give us a state".

Israel says the protests have been organised by Hamas - an Islamist group that controls Gaza and is sworn to Israel's destruction - to provide cover for attacks, and that most of the dead were militants. Palestinians deny those allegations.

The move has deeply angered the Palestinians, who see the Israeli-annexed eastern sector of Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

  • Fernando Stephens