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UN McGoldrick: 'Take action now to prevent further loss of life'

Oct. 1, 2018 11:53 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2018 5:01 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator to the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick, attributed the rise in the Gaza protests along the border to increase in frustration over worsening conditions, after seven Palestinians, including two children, were shot and killed by Israeli forces during Friday protests.

McGoldrick said in a statement "I am deeply saddened by reports that seven Palestinians, including two children, were killed, and hundreds of others injured, by Israeli forces during demonstrations in the Gaza Strip yesterday. This is the highest fatality toll in a single day since 14 May 2018, when 42 Palestinians were killed."

He stressed "I call on Israeli forces to ensure that their use of force is in line with their obligations under international law. All actors must ensure that children never be the target of violence and neither be put at risk of violence, nor encouraged to participate in violence."

"The growing number and expanding nature of demonstrations in the Gaza Strip in recent weeks reflects increasing frustration over worsening conditions of daily life and the continued deprivation of basic human rights, alongside the lack of a political process."

McGoldrick added "I call on Israel, Hamas and all other actors with the ability to influence the situation, to take action now to prevent further deterioration and loss of life."

The Friday protests are known as part of "The Great March of Return" protests, which 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.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, since March 30th 193 Palestinians were killed, including 34 children, and 21,150 Palestinians were injured, including 4,200 children and 1,950 women, of whom 5,300 were injured due to Israeli live ammunition, while 464 of the injured were in serious condition.

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