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Palestinian shot, injured by Israeli snipers near southern Gaza Strip border

June 2, 2018 2:41 P.M. (Updated: June 4, 2018 11:37 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was injured by Israeli forces along the eastern Gaza border on Saturday morning, in the southern Gaza Strip district of Khan Younis.

Witnesses told a Ma’an that Israeli soldiers opened fire at several “youths” who approached the border fence in eastern Khuzaa, injuring one in the stomach.

The wounded youth was transferred to the Nasser Hospital for treatment where his injury was reported as moderate.

On Friday, 21-year-old Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar was shot in the stomach by Israeli forces while she was treating a group of wounded protesters. She was the 119th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces since the “Great March of Return” began on March 30.

The "Great March of Return" protests were launched by thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza -- which has suffered from a decade-long Israeli siege -- who took to the borders to demand their right of return as refugees to their original homelands, now in present-day Israel.

The weeks-long civilian protest was initially planned to end on May 15, the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” when over 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes and made refugees with the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.

However, protests have continued since, and are expected to continue into the coming weeks.

Israel has come under widespread international condemnation for its use of excessive force and live ammunition against unarmed protesters.

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