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Two Palestinians, including teen, killed on 14th 'Great March of Return' protest in Gaza

June 29, 2018 7:30 P.M. (Updated: July 1, 2018 1:30 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces and hundreds others where injured during the "Great March of Return" protest alongside the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip on Friday.

The Gaza Ministry of Health confirmed that 14-year-old boy, Yasser Abu al-Najja, succumbed on Friday evening to wounds he sustained in the head earlier during protests in eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Later Friday, the Ministry also confirmed that Muhammad Fawzi Muhammad al-Hamaydeh, 24, also succumbed to wounds he sustained on Friday afternoon in the stomach and leg during protests in eastern Rafah, also located in the southern Gaza Strip.

More than four hundred other Palestinians were injured or suffered tear-gas inhalation as Israeli forces targeted protesters at the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip on the 14th Friday of the "Great March of Return."

Spokesperson of the Ministry, Ashraf al-Qidra, said that 415 Palestinians were injured were injured or suffered tear-gas inhalation.

Al-Qidra added that three of the injures were reported to be critical.

Protesters gathered in "return camps" at the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip and set fire to tires. However, witnesses said that Israeli forces opened live ammunition at protesters in the Khuzaa town in eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

A Ma'an reporter said that several youths were able to pull away parts of the Israeli security fence in eastern Khan Younis.

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 orignial homelands, now in present-day Israel.

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