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Palestinian protester shot in the head near Gaza border: ministry

Israeli forces have shot and killed a Palestinian man and wounded more than 40 as thousands protested near the Gaza Strip’s perimeter fence, the enclave’s health ministry has said.

Tamer Arafat, 23, died from his wounds on Friday during the 50th week of demonstrations, said Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesman for the ministry.

Qidra also said that 48 Palestinians had been wounded by Israeli gunfire, including four medics, two women and 15 children.

Palestinians have staged weekly protests near the border with Israel as part of the Great Return March protests, which began in March last year.

The demonstrators are calling for the lifting of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed on Gaza since 2007 and for the right to return to their ancestral homes in Israel, as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.