Palestinian Ministry Walks Back Claim Gaza Boy Killed by IDF Gunfire

A Palestinian woman hurls stones towards Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Monday, May 14, 2018. Israeli fire has killed dozens of Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border, marking the deadliest day of violence since a devastating 2014 cross-border war and casting …
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The Algemeiner reports: A medical source in the Palestinian Health Ministry backed away on Monday from an assertion that an 11-year-old boy killed at a protest on Friday on the Israel-Gaza Strip border had been shot by IDF soldiers.

“The boy died of a head injury,” said the source, who asked not be identified, declining to give specifics and stopping short of attributing the death to Israeli gunfire.

On Friday, Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Health Ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza, claimed the youth, Shadi Abdel-Al, had been shot dead by Israeli troops. Two other Palestinians were killed during the weekly protest by Israeli live fire, local medics said on Friday.

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