[Friday, January 24, 2014] Israeli forces shot dead one Palestinian and injured another, on Friday, during a protest east of Jabaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip. Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said that 20-year-old Bilal Samer Oweidah died after being shot in the chest by Israeli forces near the border, Ma’an News Agency has reported.

Owiedah was among a group of Palestinians who had gathered near the border to protest the buffer zone imposed by Israel, al-Qidra said.

According to locals, Oweidah was taken to Kamal Adwan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

It has been reported that seven other young men were wounded, three by live bullets.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the State of Israel since 2006.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed off-limits to Palestinians.