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Gaza boy reported killed returns home alive

Land Day rallies near Gaza City 30.3.10
The Land Day rallies led to clashes with Israeli forces

A Palestinian teenager reported to have been killed in a clash in Gaza has returned home alive and well.

Muhammad al-Faramawi, 15, was said to have been killed in clashes on Tuesday near Rafah, according to health officials in the Gaza Strip.

Israel denied involvement, and sources in Gaza suggested the boy may have died in an inter-Palestinian dispute.

He returned home on Friday after apparently fleeing to Egypt through a smuggling tunnel and being held there.

His family expressed "overwhelming happiness" that he was unharmed, Palestinian news agency Maan reported.

Dr Muawiya Hassanein, of Gaza's health ministry, announced on Tuesday that the teenager had been killed during protests near to the Gaza border to mark Palestinian Land Day.

The day commemorates the deaths of six Palestinians with Israeli citizenship who were killed at a demonstration over land seizures 34 years ago.

'Left bleeding'

He said the boy had been left "bleeding for hours" before a medical team was allowed to collect his body.

However, amid confusing reports, unnamed Palestinian sources also said the boy's death "may have been an internal matter", without giving further details.

After Muhammad returned home, Dr Hasanien said: "We were getting wrong reports from the officer in the field and we announced later in the day that we did not find the body."

He added: "Anyway, thank God the boy is alive."

Maan reported that 17 Palestinians, including 12 minors, had been held by Egyptian forces shortly after they arrived through one of Gaza's smuggling tunnels near Rafah.

The detainees were returned to the border by security forces on Friday.



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