Israeli Soldiers Wound 65 Palestinians In Eastern Gaza Protests: Medics

GAZA, Palestine, May 16 (NNN-WAFA) – At least 65 Palestinians were injured on Wednesday, during clashes with Israeli soldiers, stationed on the border between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, medics said.

Gaza Health Ministry, said that, 65 Palestinians were injured, including 22 children, five women and three field paramedics, during protests and rallies, that turned into clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza Strip.

The clashes broke out when the Palestinians organised a rally near the border with Israel, to mark 71 years of al-Nakba, or the Catastrophe, the day when the state of Israel was created and the Palestinian refugee question started in 1948.

Thousands of Palestinian demonstrators joined the rally in eastern Gaza Strip. They waved Palestinian flags, burned tires, chanted slogans against Israel and the United States, released arson balloons into southern Israel and threw stones at the soldiers.

The Highest Commission of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Israeli Siege, earlier called on the Gaza Strip’s population to join the march to mark the 71st anniversary of the Nakba Day.

The clashes were less violent than last year, when 61 Palestinians were killed during the same protests. Observers said, the reason why the clashes on Wednesday were less violent is because of renewed Qatari humanitarian grant for six more months.

Eyewitnesses said, security officers, who wore orange jackets, were preventing the demonstrators from approaching the barbed wire of the border fence between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel.

Senior Hamas leaders stressed that the marches and rallies will go on until the Palestinians achieve their goals of breaking 12 years of an Israeli siege and gain their right of return.

“Resistance is the choice of our movement because everyone knows that resistance is the only mean to liberate our occupied and stolen land,” Khalil al-Hayyah, deputy Hamas chief in Gaza told reporters in eastern Gaza.– NNN-WAFA