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Palestinian child dies of wounds after border clash: Gaza ministry

GAZA CITY: A four-year-old Palestinian boy has died after being injured during clashes between the Israeli army and prot

Updated December 12, 2018

GAZA CITY: A four-year-old Palestinian boy has died after being injured during clashes between the Israeli army and protesters along the Gaza border, the health ministry in Gaza said.

"Ahmed abu Abed, aged four years and eight months, died as a result of the wounds he received last Friday east of Khan Yunis," health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said in a statement.

The statement did not provide further details on how the child was injured.

In the hospital where the boy died, 38 year-old Bassem told AFP he was the child's uncle.

He said Abu Abed was injured by shrapnel when his father was shot during regular Friday protests along the border.

It was not clear why the child had been taken to the border protests and there was no independent confirmation of the circumstances.

The Israeli army did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Palestinians have been protesting along the Gaza border at least weekly since March, with often violent demonstrations.

At least 235 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since, the majority by gunfire in border clashes but others in airstrikes and by tank fire.

Two Israelis have been killed.

Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2018