Dozens of Palestinian citizens were injured on Friday when Israeli occupation forces heavily opened fire at the peaceful demonstrators taking part in the Great March of Return near the Gaza border.
The Ministry of Health said that 49 Palestinians were injured by live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas bombs, including 22 children, on the 78th Friday of the Great March of Return, east of Gaza Strip.
Demonstrators demand an end to Israel’s 12-year-old blockade to the Gaza Strip, which has shattered the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its two million inhabitants of free movement in and out from Gaza and prevented many basic amenities.
Since the start of the border protests, the Israeli occupation forces have killed 334 Palestinians and injured over 32,000. Israel is still holding the bodies of 16 Palestinians who were killed in the marches.