In this Monday, April 9, 2018 photo, Palestinian surfer Raed Jadallah, left, lies on a bed as his father, mother and brothers, visit him at the Shifa hospital in Gaza. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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Raed Jadallah belonged to an exclusive club – a small band of surfers who escaped the claustrophobia of blockaded Gaza by riding the waves of the Mediterranean.The latest casualties came Thursday, when Israel said it bombed Hamas military targets in the Gaza Strip, killing one Palestinian and wounding another.The Israeli military has disputed the Gaza count of wounded, saying that at most dozens were struck by Israeli fire. Israel has accused Hamas of using the protests as a cover for carrying out attacks, a claim denied by the Gaza rulers.Already, the recent surge of patients with gunshot wounds has severely taxed Gaza's clinics and hospitals.The European Hospital in southern Gaza received 100 people with gunshot wounds last Friday, including 78 who remained hospitalized this week, spokesman Yehiyeh Nawajha said.Two-thirds of Gaza residents, including Jadallah, are descendants of Palestinian refugees who fled or were forced from their homes in the 1948 war over Israel's creation.An Israeli group, Physicians for Human Rights Israel, is sending eight 1948 Palestinians doctors from Israel to Gaza in anticipation of more injuries Friday.
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