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305 Palestinians killed, over 17,000 injured since Gaza marches began

May 15, 2019 at 4:02 pm

An injured Palestinian is being carried away by medics following Israel’s attack on protestors during the Great March of Return on 22 March 2019 [Hassan Jedi/Anadolu Agency]

Some 305 Palestinian protesters have been killed while taking part in the Great March of return protests since they launched on 30 March 2018, the Palestinian Ministry of Health revealed today.

In the 410 days since the protests launched, 305 Palestinians, including 59 children and ten women, have been killed by Israeli forces, while 17,335 others suffered various injuries.

Of the 17,335 Palestinians injured, about 1,685 suffered injuries to the head and neck, in addition to 122 to the lower limbs and 14 in the upper limbs.

The figures, for the period from 30 March 2018 to 14 May 2019, show that 3,565 children, 1,168 women and 104 elderly have been injured. Some 564 were left critically injured.

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The ministry also confirmed that three Palestinian paramedics were killed and 680 medical crew members were injured.

The Great March of Return protests were launched on 30 March by thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza who were demanding their right of return to homes from which their families were forced out in 1948 to make way for the creation of the state of Israel, and calling for an end to the stifling 12-year siege imposed on the Strip.