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Israel kills Palestinian protester in Gaza

Israeli forces attack protesters during the Great March of Return

January 11, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Israeli forces attack protesters during the Great March of Return on 11 January 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

A Palestinian was killed today while taking part in the popular “Great March of Return” protests in the Gaza Strip today.

The identity of the Palestinian citizen has not been revealed by the Ministry of Health. Fourteen people, including journalists, were injured during the protest the majority as a result of inhaling tear gas.

“Medical staff in hospitals and medical centres, paramedics and the emergency services are steadfast in their work to spread their humanitarian message,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

According to a report issued by Abdullah Al-Hourani Centre for Studies, by the end of 2018, Israeli occupation forces had killed 253 Palestinian protesters and wounded thousands more during the “Great March of Return” protests in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, the centre reported that 25,477 protesters were wounded, including 13,750 who were admitted to hospital and the others that were treated in the field.

Since 30 March, thousands of Palestinians have been protesting along the eastern fence of the Gaza Strip, calling for lifting the 11-year-old Israeli siege and for their right to return to the homes from which their families were forced out as a result of the 1948 Nakba which led to the creation of the state of Israel.