GAZA, Wednesday, August 25, 2021 (WAFA) – A Palestinian injured in protests along Gaza’s eastern border succumbed to his wounds on Wednesday morning, according to WAFA correspondent.
He reported medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital confirming that Osama Khaled D‘aig succumbed to his wounds he sustained after being shot by Israeli military gunfire while participating in protests east of Gaza city on Saturday.
On Saturday, Israeli forces cracked down on protests marking the 52nd anniversary of the burning of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, injuring 41 protestors by live ammunition, including 15 children.
The protest was also organized to draw attention to the 14-year-old blockade that Israel has imposed on Gaza since 2007 and Israel’s obstruction of Gaza reconstruction.
Fourteen years following the Israeli “disengagement” from Gaza, Israel has not actually disengaged from Gaza; it still maintains control of its land borders, access to the sea and airspace.
Two million Palestinians live the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a punishing and crippling Israeli blockade for 12 years and repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure.
Gaza’s 2-million population remains under “remote control” occupation and a strict siege, which has destroyed the local economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, plunged them into unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, and cut off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider world.
Gaza remains occupied territory, having no control over its borders, territorial waters or airspace. Meanwhile, Israel upholds very few of its responsibilities as the occupying power, failing to provide for the basic needs of Palestinian civilians living in the territory.
Every two in three Palestinians in Gaza is a refugee from lands inside what is now Israel. That government forbids them from exercising their right to return as enshrined in international law because they are not Jews.