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7 Palestinians, including 2 children, killed in Gaza protests

Sept. 29, 2018 10:42 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2018 11:05 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Seven Palestinians, including two children, were shot and killed by Israeli forces during protests across the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip, on Friday afternoon.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that 7 Palestinians were killed identifying them as 14-year-old boy Muhammad Nayif al-Hum, killed by a live bullet in the chest in the al-Breij refugee camp, Iyad al-Shaer, 18, and Muhammad Walid Haniyeh, 23, from the al-Shate refugee camp, Muhammad Bassam Shakhsa, 25, all residents of Gaza City.

The ministry identified the remaining 3 as 12-year-old Nasser Azmi Musbeh, and Muhammad Ali Anshashi, 18, both shot and killed in eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, in addition to Muhammad Ashraf al-Awawdeh, 26, who was pronounced dead at the al-Shifa Hospital after sustaining critical injuries at eastern al-Breij refugee camp.

Spokesperson of the ministry, Ashraf al-Qidra, confirmed that some 506 Palestinians were injured during protests, 90 of whom were injured with live bullets, including 3 critical cases.

Thirty-five children were among the injuries, in addition to four paramedics and three journalists.

Thousands of Palestinians had arrived to the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip as part of the 27th "Great March of Return," protesters set fire to tires and were able to cross the Israeli security fence multiple times.

Protesters also took down a small Israeli drone in eastern Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Additional Israeli forces were deployed on the borders as protesters launched several incendiary kites and balloons.

The Israeli artillery also fired several shells targeting protesters in eastern Gaza City.

"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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