- Title: Funeral held for Palestinian teen killed by Israeli troops at Gaza protest
- Date: 30th November 2019
- Summary: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (NOVEMBER 30, 2019) (REUTERS) WOMAN HUGGING BODY OF 16-YEAR-OLD TEEN WHO WAS KILLED BY ISRAELI ARMY WOMEN CRYING DURING FUNERAL PROCESSION MEN CARRYING BODY OF FAHD AL-ASTAL, 16-YEAR- OLD WHO WAS KILLED NEAR BORDER WITH ISRAEL AND LEAVING HOME WOMAN CRYING AND SCREAMING GUNMAN FIRING DURING FUNERAL MEN CARRYING BODY ON STRETCHER AND MARCHING STREETS PEOPLE CHANTING DURING FUNERAL PALESTINIANS MARCHING STREETS DURING FUNERAL MORE OF FUNERAL PROCESSION
- Embargoed: 14th December 2019 11:52
- Keywords: funeral Israeli army boy killed protests Gaza border
- Location: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA
- City: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA001B7Q9MIV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
A funeral was held on Saturday (November 30) for a Palestinian teen killed by Israeli forces near the border fence with the Gaza Strip on Friday.
Israel's military said soldiers had been fending off Palestinians who had approached and tried to sabotage its security fence. The military also said the demonstrators threw a number of explosive devices.
Residents in Gaza said a few dozen Palestinians had approached the border fence, an area in which Israel's military, citing security concerns, enforces a "no go" zone. Some in the crowd hurled stones at the barrier, residents said.
Fahd Al-Astal, 16-year-old was killed and four other people were wounded by live fire, Gaza's health ministry said.
An Israeli army spokesman said soldiers had "identified a number of attempts to approach the fence as well as a number of attempts to sabotage it".
Israeli soldiers have been confronted by frequent Palestinian protests that often turn violent along the Gaza border. They have used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition against demonstrators who the military said hurled rocks or petrol bombs at them.
The organisers of those protests said they had called off this week's mass-demonstration, but a smaller crowd still gathered.
Gaza officials say about 210 Palestinians have been killed since the weekly protests began in March 2018. In that time an Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper along the frontier and another was killed during an undercover raid into Gaza.
(Production: Bassam Massoud, Nehad Khalil, Roleen Tafakji)
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