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Thousands of Palestinians in funeral of journalist killed by IDF fire in Gaza

PALESTINE (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThousands of Palestinians were killed Thursday by a Palestinian journalist who died Wednesday of wounds sustained by the Israeli army in the northern Gaza Strip, an AFP correspondent said.

The body of Ahmed Abu Hussein, the correspondent of the local Voice of the People radio station, was placed on his coffin and the helmet he was wearing when he was shot in the abdomen as he covered the clashes on April 13 near the border with Israel in East Jabalia.

The mourners chanted slogans such as “By the spirit of blood we sacrifice you, Ahmed” and “Freedom is freedom for the noble press.”

In a statement, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate demanded that the “occupation soldiers who killed” Abu Hussein be brought to trial before the International Criminal Court.

He is the second Palestinian journalist killed by the Israeli army during the “March of Return” march near the border in the Gaza Strip, which was launched on March 30 and ends on May 15 on Nakba Day.

Yasser Murtaja was wounded by an Israeli sniper on April 6 and was wearing a “Press” jacket before he died of his injuries several days later.

This brings to 41 the number of Palestinians killed since the outbreak of Palestinian protests as part of a “return march”. About 5,000 Palestinians were shot and tear gas at the demonstrations.

The protesters demand that the “right of return” of the Palestinian refugees be lifted and the Israeli blockade lifted.