Updated: Israeli soldiers killed, on Sunday afternoon, two unarmed Palestinian protesters near the eastern border of the southern city of Khan Younis.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza identified the two protesters as Baha’ Qdeih, 23, and Mohammad Abu Reeda, 20.

The Israeli army claimed that the two Palestinians crossed the border fence before the soldiers shot them.

Safa, a local Palestinian news agency, said that the army left the two wounded Palestinians bleeding for about half an hour before allowing Palestinian paramedics to evacuate them.

Baha’ was already dead when the medics were able to reach him, while Abu Reeda was rushed to surgery at the Gaza European Hospital, but died from his serious wounds.

It said that the soldiers “detained and shot the two Palestinians in the area between the barbed-wire border fence and the Palestinians lands, east of Khan Younis.”

It is worth mentioning that Baha’ is from Abasan al-Kabeera town, while Mohammad is from Khuza’a town, in Khan Younis.ِ

According to the Health Ministry in Gaza, when the paramedics arrived in the area , they found Qdeih had passed away and Abu-Reeda was still bleeding, but in critical condition.

They were evacuated to the hospital and Abu-Reeda received life-saving treatment, but was later pronounced dead.