Barel Hadaria Shmueli

August 30th, 2021: Barel Hadaria Shmueli, 21, died from a critical gunshot injury that he sustained along the border wall with Gaza nine days earlier.

Barel, an Israeli Border Police officer from Be’er Ya’akov, was on duty as a sniper, shooting unarmed Palestinians, including children, who were gathered near the border wall. One of the 41 Palestinian protesters who were shot that day was a 12-year old child who was shot in the head and later died of his injury.

As he stuck his rifle through a hole in the border wall, Shmueli was shot and00 critically wounded on August 21st . First, the protesters tried to stop the shooting by grabbing at the rifle that Barel kept sticking through the hole. Some tried throwing stones at the rifle and finally, an armed Palestinian with a handgun walked up to the sniper hole in the heavily fortified wall and fired his weapon.

The Israeli media stated that the soldier sustained a life threatening gunshot wound to the head, and despite undergoing emergency surgery, he remained on a ventilator at Soroka Medical Center in critical condition, until he was pronounced dead.

The same day, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Israeli soldiers shot and injured 41 Palestinian civilians, with live rounds and teargas canisters, including a twelve-year-old child who was shot in the head. The child, identified as Omar Hasan Abu an-Neel, 12, remained in critical condition until he succumbed to his serious wounds on August 28th.

Omar Hasan Abu an-Neel, 12, shot by Israeli Forces – Gaza

Furthermore, just days later, Israeli forces shot 14 Palestinians, while drones dropped teargas canisters at those gathered east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, 14 people were shot and wounded on August 25th, adding that 5 were shot with live rounds, suffering moderate injuries; 2 were shot with rubber-coated steel rounds; and 7 were shot with teargas canisters.

Quds Press’s correspondent said that the soldiers, stationed along the security fence stood behind earth mounds, far away from the protesters, which shows that there was no reason for the use of live rounds.

Barel was from Be’er Ya’akov in Israel. Source: IMEMC

Abdullah Jom’a Abdul-‘Al

May 10, 2019: Abdullah Jom’a Abdul-‘Al, 24, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers while participating in the non-violent Great Return March protests on the Gaza-Israel border.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has confirmed that the soldiers killed Abdullah, after shooting him in the pelvis, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

His death came when Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly Great Return March processions on Palestinian lands along the eastern areas of the Gaza Strip, killing Abdullah and wounding 30, including four children, and one medic who was shot in the head while providing treatment to wounded Palestinians.

The medic, identified as Mohammad Abu T’eima,  was shot as he, and several other medics, were providing treatment to wounded protesters, who were shot by the soldiers on Palestinian lands, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers engaged in the excessive use of force against the protesters by firing a barrage of live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and high-velocity  gas bombs at them.

Abdullah was from Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Ayman Monir Shbair

December 22, 2018: Ayman Monir Mohammad Shbair, 18, died from serious wounds he suffered a day earlier, after Israeli soldiers shot him in the abdomen during the Great Return March procession, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip said Ayman received the urgently needed treatment by field medics, and was rushed to a local hospital in a very serious condition.

He underwent a surgery and remained in the intensive care unit until he succumbed to his wounds, Saturday.

On the day of his serious injury, the soldiers killed three Palestinians, including one child and a man with a mobility impairment, and injured 115 others, including four medics and two journalists.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) said the soldiers also injured 115 civilians, including 21children, 2 women, 2 Journalists and 3 Paramedics.

The slain Palestinians have been identified as Maher Atiya Yassin, 40, Abdul-Aziz Ibrahim Abu Sharia, 28, and Mohammad Mo’in al-Jahjouh, 16.

Ayman was from Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Ahmad Samir Abu Habel

October 3, 2018: Ahmad Samir Abu Habel, 15, was killed by Israeli soldiers when they shot him with a high-velocity gas bomb in the head, and wounded 25 other Palestinians, during protests near Beit Hanoun (Erez) Terminal, in northern Gaza.

The child, Ahmad Samir Abu Habel, 15, was shot with a gas bomb which struck him directly in his head, and lodged in his skull.

A video shows gas pouring from his skull, where the canister lodged, and a group of young men rushing up to help him to an ambulance.

The soldiers also targeted a Palestinian ambulance with a gas bomb, and several live rounds, near the crossing.

Furthermore, the soldiers injured 25 other Palestinians, some with live fire who were rushed to the Indonesian Hospital in nearby Beit Lahia. The rest suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Video by Mohammad al-Masri

Ahmad was from Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza. Source: IMEMC

Ahmad Ziad al-‘Aassi

June 14, 2018: Ahmad Ziad Tawfiq al-‘Aassi, 21, died of wounds inflicted several days earlier by an Israeli gas bomb which struck him directly in his head, causing very serious wounds.

Ahmad was at a protest on the Gaza-Israel border as part of the Great Return March when he was shot and seriously injured by the Israeli army stationed at a military post across the border.

The Palestinian was rushed to the Gaza European Hospital, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and remained in the Intensive Care Unit until he succumbed to his serious wounds.

His death brings the number of Palestinians, who were killed by Israeli army fire since March 30th, to 126, including two journalists and thirteen children.

The army also injured 13672 others, including hundreds of suffered serious wounds, mainly after being shot with expanding bullets.

In addition, the soldiers killed two medics, identified as Razan Najjar, 22, and Mousa Jaber Abu Hassanein, 36, injured 223 others, and caused damage to 37 ambulances.

The army also killed two journalists, identified as Yasser Mortaja, 31, and Ahmad Abu Hussein, 25, and wounded 144 others.

Ahmad was from the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Emad Nabil Abu Drabi

June 8, 2018: Emad Nabil Abu Drabi, 26, was shot and killed by Israeli forces east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza, while participating in a non-violent protest against the imprisonment of Gaza by the Israeli military, which has surrounded the coastal strip since 2005, controlling land,sea and air.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinians, including one child, and injured 618 others, including five journalists, 26 children and 14 women, and added that 117 of the wounded were shot with live fire, among them eight who suffer very serious injuries.

The army also killed a Palestinian child, identified as Haitham Mohammad Khalil al-Jamal, 15, from Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Ziad Jadallah al-Breem, 27, was killed by Israeli army fire east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip

In addition, the soldiers killed Yousef al-Faseeh, 29, with live fire, east of Gaza City.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip, said the soldiers shot at least 92 Palestinians with live fire, and 19 others were injured by shrapnel from the bullets.

He added that the army also shot five journalists, including Mohammad al-Baba, who works for Agence France Presse,. He was injured with a live round in his thigh.

Dr. al-Qedra also stated that among the wounded Palestinians are 26 children and 14 women. The rest of the injured Palestinians suffered cuts and bruises, in addition to the severe effects of teargas inhalation. Most of these were treated at field hospitals that were set up in the five main protest encampments at the border

One of the wounded Palestinians was directly shot with a high-velocity gas bomb which lodged in his upper jaw and settled in his mouth, moderately wounding him and causing him to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation and nearly suffocate.

It is worth mentioning that thousands of Palestinians participated in the Great Return March protests, Friday June 8th, in several areas in the coastal region.

In a statement, Dr. al-Qedra said the soldiers killed 127 Palestinians, and injured 14700 others, including women, children, medics and journalists, in the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of the Great Return March on Palestinian Land, on March 30th, 2018.

The protests began on Land Day, on March 30th, and have continued each Friday through Nakba Day on May 15th, the 70th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Emad was from Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Yasser Sami Habib

May 25, 2018: Yasser Sami Habib, 24, succumbed to wounds sustained from Israeli army gunfire during the protests on May 14th, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Habib suffered a very serious injury while protesting in Gaza on May 14th, along with thousands of other Palestinians. He was rushed to a hospital in Gaza, and was later transferred to Sr. Joseph Hospital, in occupied Jerusalem, where he succumbed to his wounds on Friday May 25th.

Two other Palestinians who were injured, during the protests on May 14, also succumbed to their wounds the evening before Yasser died. They have been identified as Ahmad Ali Qattoush, 23 Mohannad Bakr Abu Tahoun, 21.

The death of Yasser brings the number of Palestinians killed in the ‘Great Return March’ protests to 115 since March 30th, 2018. Israeli forces injured more than 13,000, including 332 who suffered life-threatening wounds, since the Great Return March procession started on Palestinian Land Day, on March 30th, 2018.

On the day that Yasser died of his wounds, more protests were taking place in Gaza, with at least 109 Palestinians, including four children and nine women, injured by Israeli gunfire. Many others suffered from teargas inhalation, after Israeli soldiers attacked them while they were participating in the continuing Great March of Return protests along the Gaza-Israel border, WAFA medical sources said.

Among the wounded, three were critically injured by gunshots in the head, while the others sustained various bodily injuries.

Other protesters also suffered from tear gas inhalation when Israeli soldiers fired teargas canisters at them, who, despite a hot Ramadan day, continued to protest peacefully along the eastern border of the Strip, demanding the right of return to their pre-1948 homes in historical Palestine.

The protesters burned damaged tires near the border, to disrupt the visibility of the Israeli soldiers, who opened fire at the protesters, despite the fact that they did not pose a threat to the soldiers. Yasser was from Gaza city. Source: IMEMC