GAZA, September 14, 2018 (WAFA) – Three Palestinians, including a minor, were killed and 248 others were injured or suffocated from teargas on Friday as Israeli forces attacked the Great March of Return protests at Gaza-Israel border, according to the Ministry of Health.
The forces fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel rounds at the protesters who gathered at many encampments along the border, killing Shadi Abul-Al, 12, Hani Ramzi Afaneh, 21, and Mohammad Khalil Shaqoura, 21. About 248 others were also injured, including 15 by live bullets. The cases of six of those injured were described as critical.
Some of the wounded were moved to hospital and others were treated in the field hospitals.
178 Palestinians have been killed and thousands others injured since the outbreak of the Gaza border protests on March 30. The protests call for ending the 12-year-long Israeli blockade of Gaza and for the right of return of the refugees.
Most of the casualties occurred on May 14 when Israeli forces attacked Palestinian protesters marking the 70th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of historical Palestine and the ensuing ethnic cleansing of half a million Palestinian refugees.