Hundreds of Palestinians were injured by Israel’s fire on Friday while marking the 51st anniversary of the “Naksa,” or “setback,” the 5th June 1967 war, with a “Million man march for Jerusalem” on the Gaza borders with Israel, carrying on with protests they launched late in March.
On March 30, Palestinians used to organize protests, mainly on Fridays, themed the “Great march of return” to stresses their legitimate right to be back to the lands they were forced to abandon in 1948, and to break the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.
An initial report by the Palestinian Health Ministry said that today, the 11th Friday of the protests, 386 Palestinians were injured, as the Israeli force used live ammunition and tear gas against them.
The ministry affirmed that the Israeli fire targeted ambulances with tear gas bombs east of the Khan Younis city.
Performing the Gumaa (Friday non prayer), Palestinians in Gaza flocked to the eastern borders with Israel shouting slogans and carrying banners that reiterated adherence to their national constants, and to Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian independent state.
The Israeli military declared the borders with Gaza a closed military zone, and directly shot at the protesters.
Palestinians set tires on fire to blur the vision of the soldiers on the Israeli side of the security fence, and managed to drop an Israeli remotely piloted aircraft that shot at them.
Since the eruption of the protests on March 30, 123 Palestinians were killed, among them 13 children, while 13,672 others were injured.
Source: Kuwait News Agency