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Palestinians injured at eastern borders of Gaza Strip

Aug. 17, 2018 4:40 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 18, 2018 10:16 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- At least thirty Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces' live fire near return camps alongside the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip on Friday.

A Ma'an reporter said that Israeli soldiers deployed at the borders of eastern Gaza City opened live ammunition at dozens of Palestinian youths who arrived two hours earlier than the scheduled time for "The Great March of Return" protests.

One Palestinian protester was injured and transferred to the al-Shifa Hospital for treatment.

In Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip, one Palestinian sustained moderate wounds as Israeli soldiers opened live fire at peaceful protesters.

Injuries were also reported in the southern district of Khan Younis.

Meanwhile, two Palestinians were also injured with live fire in eastern al-Breij refugee camp.

"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.

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

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