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Palestinian teenager shot with tear gas canister by Israeli forces dies

Hassan Nofal was critically injured when a tear gas canister hit him in the face during a Great March of Return protest
Since the beginning of the protests, 254 Palestinians, including 47 children, have been killed by Israeli forces (MEE/Mohammed Asad)

A Palestinian teenager has died from wounds inflicted by the Israeli army in last Friday’s protests in the Gaza Strip, medical sources told WAFA news agency.

The 17-year-old, identified as Hassan Nofal, was critically injured when a tear gas canister, fired by the Israeli military, hit him in the face during a Great March of Return protest near al-Nuseirat refugee camp, sources at Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital said on Tuesday.

Israeli forces shot and killed two other Palestinian teenagers with live ammunition last Friday, Gaza's ministry of health said at the time.

Hassan Iyad Shibli, 14, was shot in the chest during the protests on the boundary with Israel, near the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, while Hamza Ishteiwi, 18, was shot in the neck. 

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Another 17 Palestinians were injured on Friday, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement, Middle East Eye reported on 8 February.

That Friday marked the 46th consecutive week of the Great March of Return protests, which began late last March with a call for Palestinians to be allowed to return to the ancestral homes they were displaced from during Israel's creation in 1948. 

Israeli forces killed 254 Palestinians, including 47 children, in the Gaza protests in 2018, the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report that came out in late January.

Another 23,603 Palestinians have been wounded over that same period of time, OCHA said. Two Israeli soldiers have also been killed since then.

Israel's military said on Friday that 7,000 people had gathered on the Gaza side of the fence to protest, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.