A 15-year-old Palestinian boy, shot as he ran away from Israeli forces on Friday during a "Great March of Return" protest on the border of Gaza and Israel, died on Saturday. The youth's death is indicative of an enduring and seemingly perpetual tragedy of Gaza and of the Palestinian people for survival and for life against the hardline shooting-of-protesters policy of Israel.
Forty-two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and another 2,000 wounded since March 30, when the "Great March of Return" protests were started by Palestinians along the fence with Israel, to press for a return of lands and homes lost to Israel during the Jewish state's war with Arab neighbors, 1948-9.
According to a Reuters report, United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein called the loss of life deplorable and he confirmed that a "staggering number" of injuries had been caused by live ammunition.
More than two-million Palestinians are cramped onto a narrow slit of coastal land called Gaza Strip, where unemployment and poverty are rampant. Palestinians on the strip are barred from free and ease of travel by Israel.
With deteriorating conditions in Gaza amid a breakdown of peace talks between the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Israel and the United States (US), Palestinians are becoming increasingly frustrated per any prospect to independence.
Violence and uprisings could continue leading up to May 15, when the "Great March of Return" protests end on the "Naqba" of "Catastrophe", the day marking the event in the war of 1948-9 when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven off their lands by the Jewish state.
Until some permanent mutually agreed decision is made regarding the independence of Palestine and the rights of its people, tempered along with the security of Israel, the tragedy of Gaza and of the Palestinian people will continue.