March of Return
At least 77 Palestinian demonstrators were injured on Friday in clashes with Israeli soldiers stationed on the borders between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, medics said.
Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza told reporters that 77 Palestinians demonstrators were injured on Friday, including 31 were shot by Israeli soldiers’ live ammunition.
Al-Qedra also said that one of the casualties was a field paramedic, adding that all those were shot and wounded were evacuated to the nearby hospitals all over the Gaza Strip.
The Clashes broke out on Friday afternoon between hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators and the Israeli soldiers during the weekly anti-Israel protests, better known as the Great March of Return and Breaking the Israeli Siege.
The weekly marches and protests have been going on since March 30 last year, calling on Israel to end more than 12 years of a blockade that Israel has been imposing on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
Gaza demonstrators waved Palestine flags, approached the fence of the borders with Israel, chanted slogans against Israel and threw stones and homemade hand grenades on the soldiers and their vehicles stationed on the border.
The Health Ministry in Gaza has earlier said in an emailed press statement that since the weekly protests had started at the end of March last year, the Israeli army killed 312 demonstrators and wounded more than 19,000 by live gunfire.
Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesman in Gaza said in an emailed press statement said that the Gaza Strip’s populations “insist to carry on the battle against the Israeli occupation to defend their right and dignity and defeat the siege.”
Israel has been imposing a blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2007, right after the Islamic Hamas movement had violently seized control of the coastal enclave and routed the security forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.