Montaser Mohammad al-Baz

October 23, 2018: Montaser Mohammad Ismael al-Baz, 17, was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers while protesting at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that Montaser was shot and seriously injured with a live round in the head.

The seriously wounded Palestinian was transferred to the Al-Aqsa Hospital, and was later rushed to the Shifa Medical Center, due to the seriousness of his condition, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The Ministry added that at least five other Palestinians were shot live ammunition, when the soldiers, stationed in fortified sniper posts hundreds of meters across the border fence, targeted Palestinian protesters in their lands, near the perimeter fence, in central Gaza.

On October 19th, 2018, the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights reported that the army had killed 217 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including 163 who were killed at the protests, among them 33 children, one woman, two journalists, three paramedics, and four persons with disability, since the Great Return March processions started in the Gaza Strip on Palestinian Land Day, on March 30th, 2018.

The report by al-Mezan added that at least 11,155 persons were injured, including 2,009 children, 442 women, 122 paramedics, and 130 journalists.

Of those injured, 6,392 were hit by live fire, including 1,016 children and 120 women. The Israeli military continues to hold the bodies of ten of the killed, including of two children.

The Palestinians are demanding the legitimate internationally guaranteed Right of Return, to their villages and towns, which they are forced out from in 1948, before Israel was established in the historic land of Palestine.

They are also demanding an end to the deadly 12-year blockade and siege on the over 2 million Palestinians living in the devastated and war-torn Gaza Strip.

It is worth mentioning that, on October 22, 2018, the soldiers killed a Palestinian, identified as Moammar Arif al-Atrash, 42, near the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Montaser was from Deir al-Balah, in the central part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC