Palestinians hold funeral for teenage boy shot by Israeli forces on Gaza Strip
Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip bade farewell with the teenage boy shot and killed by Israeli forces along the fence between the occupied lands and the coastal enclave.
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On Saturday, mourners attended the funeral procession for 12-year-old Shadi Abdul Aziz Mahmoud Abdulal, who was fatally shot in the head by Israeli troopers during protest rallies east of the city of Jabalia in northern Gaza on Friday.
He has now become one of the youngest Palestinians to be killed in months of unrest along the frontier. Hundreds of family members and friends attended the funeral, with some calling for revenge.
“God burn those that burned my heart and killed my son," said Abdulal’s mother Umm Shadi, who has eight other children. “What is my son guilty of? He is 12 years old,” she added through tears.
According to the Gazan Health Ministry, Hani Ramzi Afaneh and Mohammad Khalil Shaqoura, both 21, were also mortally wounded on Friday. Another 248 were also sustained injuries by Israeli live bullets, rubber-coated steel rounds or tear gas, six of whom are thought to be in critical condition.
Tensions have been running high near the fence since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests dubbed “The Great March of Return.”
Palestinian protesters demand the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
The clashes in Gaza reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day, or the Day of Catastrophe, which coincided this year with Washington's relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.
Israeli fire has taken the lives of nearly 175 Palestinians since March 30. More than 19,000 Palestinians have also been wounded.
On June 13, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution, sponsored by Turkey and Algeria, condemning Israel for Palestinian civilian deaths in the Gaza Strip.
The blockaded sliver has been under Israeli siege since June 2007, causing a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.
Israel has also launched several wars on the Gaza Strip, the last of which broke out in early July 2014 and ended in late August the same year. The Israeli military aggression killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians and injured over 11,100 others.