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2 Palestinians succumb to wounds from Great March protests

Palestinians carry the dead body of Muin Abdulhamid Es-Sai, 58, who lost his life after Israeli soldiers opened fire on protest held to mark the 70th anniversary of Nakba in Gaza, Gaza City on 19 May 2018 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Two Palestinian men from Gaza on Saturday succumbed to wounds  that they had sustained during protests held against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem last Monday.

The Gaza Ministry of Health said in a statement that 20-year-old Muhammad Elayyan succumbed to his wounds in Al-Quds Hospital. He was injured during Monday’s protests, east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

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While Muin Abd Al-Hamid Al-Saie, 59, from Al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza died in Al-Shifa hospital.

According to the ministry, the death of the two men on Saturday brought the total number of Palestinians who were killed as a result of Monday’s violent suppression of protests to 65. This is the highest number of deaths in Gaza on one day since Israel’s brutal assault on the Strip in 2014.

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The ministry added that more than 3,000 people were injured on Monday alone.

Monday’s protests were part of the Great March of Return which were held to commemorate 70 years since the Nakba, to call for  the Palestinian Right of Return and to protest against the US embassy move.

The Nakba or “catastrophe” saw an estimated 750,000 Palestinians made refugees and forcibly expelled from their homes to make way for the creation of the state of Israel.

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