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Palestine: Israeli soldiers injure over 1140 Gazans including children on Friday

5th May 2018
Palestine: Israeli soldiers injure over 1140 Gazans including children on Friday

By Nour Abu Aisha

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA & Imemc)  Over 1140 Palestinians were injured on Friday while taking part in ongoing rallies along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border with Israel, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip reported that Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, 1143 Palestinians, including 83 with live fire, among them three who suffered serious wounds, and added that the soldiers injured 149 children and targeted medics and journalists, wounding eight of them.

Earlier Friday, Palestinians began gathering at camps set up along the border for the demonstration’s sixth consecutive Friday.

Firday’s procession, dubbed as the Friday of workers, was held near the border fence in several parts of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The soldiers also fired gas bombs at two ambulances east of Khuza’a, east of Khan Younis in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, casing damage.

The army also used high-velocity gas bombs that have a longer range, which led to injuries among Palestinians, including children, in areas far from the border fence.

At least 430 Palestinian civilians, including three journalists, were injured by live shots or suffocated from teargas inhalation on Friday, as Israeli forces attacked the protests of the ongoing Great March of Return, at many encampments on the Gaza-Israel border.

69 protesters were reportedly shot and injured by live bullets, while the remainder suffocated from teargas inhalation, according to WAFA.

“We have redoubled our efforts with a view to achieving our aims,” Mohamed al-Harrazin, a protest organizer, told Anadolu Agency.

By mid-afternoon, as many as 170 protesters had been injured near the border, at least 22 by Israeli cross-border gunfire, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry.

Since the rallies began on Mar. 30, at least 47 Palestinian demonstrators — including five children –were killed, according to ministry figures.

Thousands of others have reportedly been injured — more than 140 seriously — over the same period.

Protesters demand the “right of return” to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

The rallies are set to culminate on May 15, which will mark the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment — an event Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” or “The Catastrophe”.

[Photo: Israeli forces face Palestinians demonstration protesting at Israeli violations against Palestinians, within the “Great March of Return” near Gaza-Israel border in Khan Yunis, Gaza on May 04, 2018.  Photographer: Abed Rahim Khatib/AA]

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