Karim Abu Fatayer

Karim Abu FatayerAugust 17, 2018: Karim Abu Fatayer, 30, was killed with a bullet to the head, fired by an Israeli army sharpshooter, while he was participating in a non-violent protest east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

Karim was shot in his eye, and the bullet exited through the back of his head after fracturing his skill and scattering his brain.

He was one of two Palestinians killed on August 17th by the Israeli military while participating in the ‘Great March of Return’ protests.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, two Palestinians and injured 270 others, including 60 who were shot with live fire.

In addition to Karim, the soldiers killed Sa’adi ِAkram Abu Muammar, 26, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Sa’adi is a married father of two daughters, Rahaf, 5, and Aseel, 3, and his wife is seven months pregnant.

The Health Ministry also said the soldiers injured 270 Palestinians in several parts of the Gaza Strip, during the Great Return processions; 166 of them were treated in field clinics, and 104 were rushed to hospitals.

Among the wounded are 60 who were shot with live fire, including 19 children, in addition to nine medics, who were injured by shrapnel or suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

The Health Ministry in Gaza said the latest Israeli assaults bring the number of slain Palestinians since March 30th, to 170, in addition to 18300 who were injured.

The protests, which began on March 30th, 2018, call for ending the 12-year-long Israeli blockade of Gaza and for the right of return of the refugees.

Many of the casualties occurred on May 14, when Israeli forces attacked Palestinian protesters marking the 70th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of historical Palestine and the ensuing ethnic cleansing of half a million Palestinian refugees. It also marked the date that the U.S. President, Donald Trump, chose to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, thus denying the right to exist for the nearly one million Palestinian residents of Jerusalem.
Karim was from Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza. Source: IMEMC