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Palestinian killed, 400 others injured in Gaza

Sept. 8, 2018 11:13 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 8, 2018 1:27 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- One Palestinian was killed and some 400 others were injured by Israeli forces during the 24th Friday of "The Great March of Return," across the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that a minor was killed by an Israeli live bullet in the chest near the return camps of eastern Gaza City.

The killed minor was identified as Bilal Mustafa Khufaja, 19, from the Tal al-Sultan neighborhood of western Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.

The ministry added that at least 395 Palestinians were injured; 147 of whom were transferred to hospitals for treatment including 100 injuries with live fire.

Thirty-five of the injured were children, 12 of whom sustained live fire injuries.

The ministry also said that three paramedics and three journalists were among injuries.

The 24th Friday of "The Great March of Return" was considered the most violent since ceasefire talks between Palestinian factions and the Israeli army, under Egyptian sponsorship, as Israel used artillery and drones to suppress protests.

Palestinian youths were able to cross the security fence several time; they also took down an Israeli drone.

A Palestinian youth had succumbed, early Friday, to wounds he had sustained during previous protests at the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip.

"The Great March of Return" protests were launched on March 30th 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.

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