Clashes With Israeli Soldiers In Eastern Gaza Wound 74 Palestinians: Medics

GAZA, Palestine, Sept 21 (NNN-WAFA) – At least 74 Palestinians were injured on Friday, during the weekly anti-Israel protests in eastern Gaza Strip, medics said.

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said that, 74 demonstrators were injured, including 48 shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers’ live gunfire, in eastern Gaza, close to the border with Israel.

He added that, among the casualties, there were three paramedics: one of them is a female and one field photojournalist, adding that, they were all taken to hospitals for medical treatment.

Earlier on Friday, hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators went to the eastern area of the Gaza Strip, to join the weekly anti-Israel protests and rallies, better known as the “Great March of Return,” which has been going on since late March last year.

The demonstrators waved Palestinian flags, chanted anti-Israel slogans and threw stones and home-made percussion bombs at Israeli soldiers, stationed on the borderline with the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said, the soldiers fired tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and live gunshots at the demonstrators, to keep them away from reaching the fence of the border.

The Health Ministry said, since the start of the “Great March of Return” in March last year, the Israeli army has shot and killed 310 demonstrators and wounded more than 17,000 Palestinians by live gunfire.– NNN-WAFA