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37 Palestinians injured during weekly Gaza protests

April 20, 2019 9:26 A.M. (Updated: April 22, 2019 11:10 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- At least 37 Palestinians, including paramedics and journalists, were injured by Israeli live fire across the eastern border fence of the besieged Gaza Strip, on Friday afternoon, as "The Great March of Return" protests continue.

Spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, confirmed that 37 injuries were treated by medical teams, including 5 paramedics and 4 journalists.

Al-Qidra added that a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance was also hit and damaged by Israeli forces.

Israeli forces fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel bullets targeting protesters who gathered along the eastern border fence.

On March 30th, "The Great March of Return" protests marked one year since they launched by thousands of Gazans demanding their right of return as refugees to their original homelands, now in present-day Israel, according to statistics issued by the ministry, since March 30th 2018, Israeli forces have systematically and deliberately resorted to lethal and other excessive force to suppress “The Great March of Return” in the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least 266 Palestinians, including 50 minors, six women, and one elderly, as well as injuring 30,398 during the mass protests.
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