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Israeli forces kill 7 Palestinians in Gaza protests

Oct. 13, 2018 11:41 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 14, 2018 10:24 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Seven Palestinians were killed and at least 252 others were injured as Israel escalated suppression of weekly protests at the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that seven Palestinians were shot and killed by Israeli forces, including four in eastern al-Breij in the central Gaza Strip.

The ministry added that 252 injuries arrived at hospitals for treatment, including 154 injured with live fire.

Fifty Palestinian children were among injuries, in addition to 10 women and 1 journalist.

The ministry said that Israeli forces targeted a medical point in eastern al-Breij, injuring two paramedics.

Six of the killed Palestinians in the al-Breij were identified by the ministry as: Ahmad Ibrahim Zaki al-Tawil, 27, Ahmad Ahmad Abdullah Abu Naim, 17, from the al-Nuseirat refugee camp, Muhammad Abed al-Hafith Youssef Ismail, 29, from the al-Breij refugee camp, Afifi Mahmoud Atta Afifi, 18, from Gaza City, Abdullah Barham Suleiman al-Dughmeh, 25, from Abasan al-Jadida and Tamer Iyad Mahmoud Abu Armaneh, 22, from Rafah City.

Later Friday, the ministry declared that Muhammad Issam Muhammad Abbas, 21, from the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City, succumbed to a head injury he had sustained during protests.

Witnesses told a Ma’an reporter that Israeli forces heavily opened fire at protesters alongside the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian crowds had arrived at the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip to take part in the 29th Friday of "The Great March of Return," that set off under the slogan "the Intifada of Jerusalem."

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