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Injuries reported during 30th 'Great March of Return' protest in Gaza

Oct. 19, 2018 5:46 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 20, 2018 11:01 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians were injured with live Israeli ammunition as Israeli forces suppressed weekly protests along the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip under "The Great March of Return," on Friday.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that at least 52 Palestinians were injured with live ammunition, while others suffered tear-gas inhalation.

A Ma'an reporter said that Palestinian crowds gathered alongside the eastern borders of districts of the Gaza Strip for the 30th Friday of "The Great March of Return" protests.

Dozens of Palestinians attempted to approach the Israeli security fence; several were able to cut through the fence.

Israeli forces heavily and continuously opened fire at protesters.

Protesters set fire to tires to blur the vision of Israeli snipers deployed at the borders.

Witnesses told a Ma'an reporter than an Israeli tank heavily opened fire at protesters in eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli airstrikes were also carried out in Khan Younis and the al-Breij refugee camp; two injuries were reported due to the airstrikes.

Since the beginning of "The Great March of Return" on March 30th, thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza -- which has suffered from a decade-long Israeli siege -- have been protesting at the eastern borders of the besieged enclave to demand their right of return as refugees to their original homelands, now in present-day Israel

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