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Palestinian journalist dies after being shot by Israeli forces

Yaser Murtaja was shot in the stomach during Friday's mass protests, bringing death toll to 31 since March 30.

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Yaser Murtaja, 30, was shot in the stomach in Khuza'a in the southern Gaza Strip on April 6 [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

A Palestinian journalist shot by Israeli forces during a mass demonstration along the Gaza border has died of his wounds.

Yaser Murtaja, a photographer with the Gaza-based Ain Media agency, was shot in the stomach in Khuza’a in the south of the Gaza Strip on Friday, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Murtaja, 30, was hit despite wearing a blue flak jacket marked with the word “press”, indicating he was a journalist.

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