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Dozens injured during 16th naval march in Gaza

Nov. 20, 2018 11:20 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 26, 2018 4:14 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- 25 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces during the 16th naval march setting off from the Gaza seaport in an attempt to break the nearly 12-year Israeli siege, on Monday.

According to local sources, Israeli forces opened fire, as well as fired tear-gas bombs towards large Palestinian crowds gathered at the northern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip, in order to participate in the 16th naval march against the Israeli siege.

A Ma'an reporter confirmed that 10 Palestinian protesters were shot and injured by Israeli live ammunition, while seven others were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, and the remaining eight suffered from tear-gas inhalation.

Sources also confirmed that a photojournalist for the AP News Agency, Rashed Rashid, was among the injured. However, his medical condition remained unknown.

The National Committee for Breaking the Siege, which organized the naval march, said "The naval marches will continue until our goals are achieved," referring to breaking the Israeli siege and allowing Palestinians the right of return as refugees to their original homelands, now in present-day Israel.

The committee stressed that the mass participation of Palestinians in the naval marches shows that “the Palestinian people have no choice left but to resist.”

Many attempts have been made throughout the years to draw the public's attention to and break the on-going siege of the Gaza Strip whether via ships attempting to sail into Gaza or ships attempting to sail from Gaza.

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