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Official: 137 Palestinians killed in Gaza’s Great Marches of Return

Palestinians carry the dead body of Mahmoud Majed Al-Gharableh,16, who was injured by Israeli soldiers during Great March of Return protest in Gaza City, Gaza on 5 July 2018 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians carry the dead body of Mahmoud Majed Al-Gharableh,16, who was injured by Israeli soldiers during Great March of Return protest in Gaza City, Gaza on 5 July 2018 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

As many as 137 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces since 30 March 2018, in assaults on the Great Marches of Return on Gaza border; a Palestinian official has said.

A spokesman for the Health Ministry in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qudra said in a statement, Thursday, that Israeli forces injured 16,100 Palestinians; noting that 7,700 of them were treated in the field while 8,400 people were taken to hospitals in the Gaza Strip.

According to al-Qudra as many as 18 children under the age of 18 and two women were killed in the clashes and as many as 2,600 children and 1,200 women were injured.

Palestinian teen succumbs to wounds sustained in Great March of Return

He added that 380 of the cases were serious injuries, 3,920 were moderate injuries and 4,100 were minor injuries.

According to al- Qudra, the Israeli forces direct targeting of medical personnel resulted in the death of two paramedics and wounding 320 more while 45 ambulances were partially damaged.

On 30 March, the Palestinians launched a protest movement dubbed “The Great March of Return” to demand the Palestinian refugees right of return and lift the Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.

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