Tens of thousands of people gathered to the border, to take part in Land Day protests, also marking the one year anniversary of “The Great March of Return,” as the National Committee for Breaking the Siege had called for a million-person march.
“The Great March of Return” had begun on March 30, 2018, by thousands of Gazans demanding their right of return as refugees to their original homelands, now in present-day Israel.
The National Committee for Breaking the Siege deployed hundreds of volunteers to help maintain the safety of protesters.
The ministry declared the readiness of all emergency departments across the Gaza Strip in preparation for protests.
Mar 31 2:00 am (+ 3 GMT)
Four Palestinians were killed, while at least 207 others were injured.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that Balal Mahmoud Abu Jamous, 17, Tamer Hashem Abu Kheir, 17, Adham Nidal Amara, 17, and Muhammad Jihad Saad, 20 were all shot and killed by Israeli live fire.
During protests marking the first anniversary of the #GreatMarchOfReturn:
– 4 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire
– 3 children among the dead
– 64 injured by gunfire
Israeli forces have now killed at least 199 people since the protests began one year ago, including 44 children. pic.twitter.com/XWDDBureNF
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 31, 2019
The ministry said that 207 Palestinian protesters, including 33 children and nine women, sustained various injuries.
— EQB (@pal_resi) March 31, 2019
The ministry also reported that at least 24 Palestinians were injured with live ammunition, pointing out that the injured were shot either in the neck or the head, noting that Israeli forces used excessive force against peaceful protesters.
Mar 30 6:00 pm (+ 3 GMT)
Israeli forces used rubber bullets and tear gas on the protesters, killing another 17-old-boy, and wounding at least 207 people, according to Gaza’s health ministry.
Today Israel killed 3 Palestinians at the #GreatReturnMarch in #Gaza (2 children).
Mohammad Saed (20)
Adham Amara (17)
Tamer Abu-Al-Kheir (17)
Around 300 others were injured (15 critically, 86 children & 29 women).
— Bea (@HerNameIs_Bea) March 30, 2019
Tamer Aby el-Khair was shot in the chest east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza and died at the hospital, the ministry said.
Mar 30 5:00 pm (+ 3 GMT)
Israeli forces have injured at least 112 protesters, according to Palestinian medical officials.
Two dead, 112 injured in clashes along Gaza Border – Palestinians report: IDF Arabic Spokesperson released a video on Saturday warning the mothers of Gaza to guard the lives of their children. https://t.co/MTABOKdRKi JPost pic.twitter.com/AbybOaAq3R
— Jewish Community (@JComm_NewsFeeds) March 30, 2019
Mar 30 3:00 pm (+ 3 GMT)
Israeli forces have killed 17-year-old Adham Omarah, and wounded over 30 protesters, according to Palestinian medical officials.
Omarah was killed when he was struck in the face by Israeli live fire near the fence separating besieged Gaza Strip from Israel.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT:
— TIMES OF GAZA (@Timesofgaza) March 30, 2019
Mar 30 10:00 am (+ 3 GMT)
Israeli forces have killed 20-year-old Palestinian Mohammad Jehad Saad, in an overnight demonstration ahead of the main protest.
His name is Mohammed Saad: This is the youth slaughtered today morning on #LandDay by Israeli militias. He was holding his crutch and a banner. Israeli snipers shot him dead. Rest in Peace. #GreatReturnMarch pic.twitter.com/okG57pJ0fo
— Refaatesque (@GazaWritesBack) March 30, 2019
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Saad was wounded by shrapnel when Israel bombed a Palestinian security checkpoint.
(Agencies, PC, Social Media)