Three Palestinians killed, 100s injured amid clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza
At least three Palestinians have been killed and hundreds more injured during clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli military forces near the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and occupied territories.
Eyewitnesses said the protesters walked closer to the border fence, where dozens of Israeli soldiers and snipers had been deployed at the other side.
The demonstrators threw stones at the Israeli armed forces, who fired back tear gas canisters as well as live and rubber-coated metal bullets.
The spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said in a statement that three Palestinians lost their lives and more than 880 others sustained injuries during the anti-occupation protest on the fifth Friday of a six-week protest, known as the “Great March of Return.”
He identified one of the deceased as 29-year-old Abdelsalam Bakr, adding that he was a resident of Khuza’a town east of Khan Yunis. The identities of the two other victims have not been determined yet.
Qidra further noted that three protesters are in a critical condition at al-Shifa Hospital in the centre of Gaza City.
Protests along the Gaza border since March 30 have led to clashes with Israeli forces in which at least 38 Palestinians have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries.
The Palestinian rally will last until May 15, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe) on which Israel was created.