At least 60 Palestinian protesters, including several women and children, were injured Friday by Israeli troops while demonstrating along the fence separating besieged Gaza Strip from Israel, Gaza’s Health Ministry said in a statement.
The statement did not elaborate on the nature of the protesters’ injuries.
#BREAKING #Gazaat least 61 Palestinian demonstrators were shot and injured with live ammunition, including 4 women,…
Earlier Friday, hundreds of Palestinians converged along the fraught Gaza-Israel buffer zone to take part in ongoing rallies against Israel’s decades-long occupation.
In a statement, the National Authority for Breaking the Siege (comprised of several Gaza-based resistance groups) urged Palestinians to take part in Friday’s protest, which was held under the slogan “National unity and an end to division”.
During the suppression of the Israeli occupation forces of the demonstrations that took place this evening east of the Bureij in central Gaza Strip April 26 📷
Via / Mohammad mhawish pic.twitter.com/gm2y1GG5L9
— Mohammad mhawish (@MohMhawesh) April 26, 2019
Since 2007, the Palestinian political scene has been marred by divisions between rival factions Hamas and Fatah — despite several attempts at reconciliation.
Protesters also demand the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.
— Youth From Palestine (@youthfrompal) April 26, 2019
They also demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its roughly two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)