Top Hamas Official Warns: Gaza Border Protests Will Continue After May 15


Tens of thousands of Palestinians in the coastal enclave, wedged between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean, have gathered at the border on consecutive Fridays to call for Palestinian refugees to be allowed to return to their former homes now inside Israel.

He was initially transferred to a hospital in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, located 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Jerusalem al-Quds, and then a medical center in Jerusalem al-Quds, where doctors could not save his life.

A 24-year-old freelance photographer and correspondent for Al-Shaab radio station, Abu Hussein was shot in the abdomen with an expanding "dum-dum" bullet on 13 April east of the town of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, while standing several hundred meters away from the fence separating Gaza from Israel, according to witnesses.

A masked man from central Gaza who said he was among those preparing the kites told the Al-Jazeera news channel: "These are our lands, and we have the right to return to them".

He said the Palestinians "will rise up against the Israeli occupation in a popular resistance that started from Gaza".

Photos and amateur video from the scene show him far from the border and wearing a blue jacket and helmet marked "TV" when he was shot.

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Israeli fire has killed 35 protesters, including two journalists, during a month of border protests.

The Israeli army did not immediately comment on the incident.

Hamas initially stopped short of blaming Israel, saying only that al-Batsh had been "assassinated by the hand of treachery". His family has denied the claim. Photos of Abu Hussein lying wounded in his vest appeared on social media.

The deaths have led to calls for investigation from the United Nations, European Union and others but these have been rejected by Israel.

Israel's live-fire response to the protests has drawn global criticism.

The Palestinian rally, dubbed the "Great March of Return," will last until May 15, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe) on which Israel was created.