Yousef Sa’id ad-Daya

February 22, 2019: Yousef Sa’id ad-Daya, 14, was shot and killed by Israeli snipers stationed at the Gaza-Israel border, while participating in the weekly Great Return March protests.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the besieged Gaza Strip reported that Israeli soldiers killed the 14-year old child, and injured 41 other Palestinians, including a medic, after engaging to the excessive use of force against the Great Return March processions.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, reported that Yousef Sa’id ad-Daya, 14, suffered a life-threatening injury, after the soldiers shot him with a life round in the heart.

He said that the child’s heart stopped, and the urgent care physicians managed to revive it, but he remained in critical condition until he succumbed to his wounds later the same day.

Dr. al-Qedra stated that the soldiers shot 26 Palestinians with live fire, and added that two other Palestinians suffered serious injuries.

One of the wounded Palestinians is a volunteer medic, identified as Fares al-Qedra, who was shot with a gas bomb in the head, east of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip.

Media sources in Gaza said the soldiers fired a barrage of live rounds at random, in addition to firing high-velocity gas bombs against the protesters on Palestinian lands across the eastern parts of the coastal region, in Gaza city, Jabalia, al-Boreij refugee camp, Khan Younis and Rafah, in northern, central and southern Gaza Strip.

Yousef was from the Zeitoun neighborhood, in Gaza city, in the central part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC