Habeeb al-Masri

March 24, 2019: Habeeb al-Masri, 24, died from serious wounds he suffered on Saturday night, after Israeli soldiers shot him in the northern part of the coastal region.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, reported that the Palestinian was identified as Habeeb al-Masri, 24.

He added that Habeeb was shot during a protest near the perimeter fence, east of Beit Hanoun in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, after the soldiers targeted many protesters with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and high-velocity gas bombs.

Habeeb suffered a very serious injury after a soldier shot him with a live round in the chest, and was rushed to the Indonesian Hospital, in Jabalia, before he was moved to the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza City, due to the seriousness of his wounds.

Dr. al-Qedra said that, despite all efforts to save his life, Habeeb succumbed to his wounds at dawn, Sunday. The soldiers also injured at least two other Palestinians with live fire and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

This followed Israeli attacks on protests a day earlier, on Friday, throughout Gaza, which resulted in two Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire and more than 180 wounded.

Also at dawn Sunday, Israeli army drones fired missiles into several areas, east of Rafah, in southern Gaza, and east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, causing damage.

The Israeli army claimed that the sirens were sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council of Settlements and added that some protesters flew flammable balloons which apparently exploded before flying over the perimeter fence.

Habeeb was from Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC