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Palestinian man killed by Israeli fire ahead of border protests

He was hit in the head by shrapnel.

Image: SIPA USA/PA Images

A PALESTINIAN MAN was killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border yesterday morning, the territory’s health ministry said, hours ahead of planned mass protests.

The ministry said Mohammed Saad, 20, died after being hit in the head with shrapnel caused by Israeli army fire east of Gaza City.

Protesters at the site said he had been taking part in an overnight rally ahead of the main demonstration scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

They said he was more than 100 metres from the heavily-fortified border fence when he was hit and had been on crutches due to a previous injury.

An Israeli army spokeswoman declined to comment.

At least 259 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests began, the vast majority along the border.

Two Israeli soldiers have also been killed.

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