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Palestinian critically injured in the head during protests in northern Gaza

April 20, 2018 12:40 P.M. (Updated: April 21, 2018 4:22 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian youth was critically injured during protests along the Gaza borderlines with Israel on Friday, according to the Palestinian ministry of Health.

The ministry said in a statement that a “youth,” whose identity remained unknown, was shot in the head by Israeli forces during demonstrations in eastern Jabaliya, and the northern Gaza Strip.

According to the statement, the injured Palestinian was transferred to hospital and put in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Friday marked the fourth Friday of the massive nonviolent “Great March of Return” in Gaza, during which thousands of Palestinian refugees in Gaza have taken to the heavily militarized borders with Israel to demand their collective right of return to their homelands.

Since the massive popular demonstrations began, at least 36 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces. Among the dead were two minors and a journalist.

The six-week protest is set to end on May 15th, the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, or “catastrophe,” when the state of Israel was created, leaving some 750,000 Palestinians and millions of their descendants as refugees.

Despite widespread outcry from international rights groups who have condemned Israel’s excessive use of forces against the civilian protesters, Israeli has maintained its open-fire rules for the Gaza border.
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