Seven Palestinians, including two children, were shot and killed by Israeli forces during protests across the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip, on Friday afternoon.
Ya Allah! An unknown 12 years old kid was murdered during today peaceful protests of the Great Return March! May Allah help his family who still do not know that their beloved son was brutally shot in the head ? pic.twitter.com/1cMzjdyk6T
— Ahmed Abu Ayesh (@ahmnaj) September 28, 2018
The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that 7 Palestinians were killed identifying them as 14-year-old boy Muhammad Nayif al-Hum, killed by a live bullet in the chest in the al-Breij refugee camp, Iyad al-Shaer, 18, and Muhammad Walid Haniyeh, 23, from the al-Shate refugee camp, Muhammad Bassam Shakhsa, 25, all residents of Gaza City.
— Alaa Massoud #Gaza (@masoud_alaa) September 28, 2018
The ministry identified the remaining 3 as 12-year-old Nasser Azmi Musbeh, and Muhammad Ali Anshashi, 18, both shot and killed in eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, in addition to Muhammad Ashraf al-Awawdeh, 26, who was pronounced dead at the al-Shifa Hospital after sustaining critical injuries at al-Breij refugee camp.
Spokesperson of the ministry, Ashraf al-Qidra, confirmed that some 506 Palestinians were injured during protests, 90 of whom were injured with live bullets, including 3 critical cases.
#Breaking: A Palestinian child was shot in his chest by an Israeli sniper with a "butterfly"/explosive bullet east of #GAZA minutes ago. #GreatReturnMarch #peaceful #protesters pic.twitter.com/povF67IfAO
— Ramy Abdu| د. رامي عبده (@RamAbdu) September 28, 2018
Thirty-five children were among the injuries, in addition to four paramedics and three journalists.
Thousands of Palestinians had arrived at the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip as part of the Great March of Return.
Watch | This Palestinian media student was reporting from the #GreatReturnMarch protests at Gaza border when he was directly hit by an Israeli teargas canister.
28 Sep 2018 pic.twitter.com/qS1TpMhpbS
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) September 28, 2018
The Israeli artillery fired several shells targeting protesters in eastern Gaza City.
The Great March of Return protests were launched on March 30 by thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza — which has suffered from a decade-long Israeli siege — who took to the borders to demand their right of return as refugees to their original homelands, now in present-day Israel.
(Ma’an, PC, Social Media)